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Tornado Preparedness: How To Stay Safe In The Event Of A Tornado

By: Alex Miranda

Natural disasters are never expected, and are always frightening. Tornados can be especially dangerous, as one of nature's most powerful and destructive forces. The worst thing you can do is act like this could ever happen to you and not be prepared for the situation, should it ever occur. In fact, all around the world tornados are becoming even more common, so it only makes sense that this would be something you would at least consider and have a good idea of what to do if you ever find yourself facing a tornado. There are a few obvious steps for proper tornado preparedness, such as having extra food stored at home, in case a tornado were to put out power lines or wreck nearby stores and you were unable to get food elsewhere. Canned and other preserved foods are best because they will stay edible for the longest amount of time. You also need to have the right items around your home, including a flashlight, road map, and important documents to take along with you if you need to leave town. Also have a specific spot you have planned to go to, such as a neighbor's house or a friend's house in a town close by, where you and other members of your family know to meet up at in the event of an emergency. If you have enough warning and need to get away from your house because the tornado is supposed to hit nearby, these are important items you should have with you so you know where you are going and how to get there. If you are stuck in your home when a tornado approaches, you have to stay away from windows and find protection by getting underneath a large, protective piece of furniture. If the tornado happens to go over your home and take off the roof or otherwise damage it, you will be safe underneath a heavy item which will provide some sort of cover for you. If you happen to be stuck outside when a tornado comes and you do not have the chance to get away into a building, you will have to lie flat in a depression or on another low ground surface and wait for the storm to pass. This can be the most frightening situation, when you have nothing around you to protect you, but you do not want to be standing up and running, as this only increases the chances of you getting sucked up into the tornado.

When you take the proper steps in planning, you can be prepared and feel much safer if a tornado ever does hit your town. It is always good to be prepared and to at least have a game plan of what to do in such an emergency, so you are ready for the situation and not taken off guard if it ever does happen. No one wants to think about these sorts of things happening, but the reality is that they do and they can to you too. Read more about preparing for disasters at

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