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How to Stay Anywhere When a Tornado Strikes

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Tornado season tends to strike during April, May, and June. The Great Plains of the Central United States are often targeted because they pick up the warm winds from the Gulf Stream during this time. You may also have heard about Tornado Alley, which can extend all the way up to Kansas and Nebraska.

While those warm winds may sound lovely, the trouble is, they mix with cooler temps at higher atmospheres and cause disruptions in wind speed and direction.

Unfortunately, tornadoes are a common occurrence and need to be prepared for. According to the National Weather Service, about 1,000 tornadoes are reported per year in the United States, resulting in 1,500 injuries and 80 deaths. Here’s everything you need to know about how to stay safe during a tornado.

What to Do Before the Storm

The first rule of tornado safety is to make sure you have weather alerts set on your phone because, as much as you prepare, tornadoes can arise quickly and without warning.

Check to see what your local community does to alert its residents. Perhaps there’s an alert siren to be aware of.

It’s also wise to purchase a NOAA weather radio so that, even if the power grid goes down, you can stay plugged in to local alerts.

Then, it’s time to put a plan in place and practice it many times in advance. Operate under the assumption that the power grid and phone lines will be down and designate a place to meet.

Ideally, you’ll want to meet in a storm shelter or basement of your house. If neither is available, select the most interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. You can even reinforce that room in advance of storm season or create a safe room.

Most safe rooms are created with a combination of concrete and steel reinforcements. When built well, they can withstand the high and damaging winds that tornadoes bring in their wake.


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