How To Prepare For A Tornado

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Ways to prepare yourself and your family for these devastating storms, and how to deal with the aftermath.

Be Weather Aware

Anytime there are severe storms headed your way it always pays to be weather aware. Everyone should have a weather radio for instances when the power goes out, but while you have power listen to radio and t.v. stations for the latest up-to-date weather information. News channels will almost always interrupt regular programming to bring you the newest information.

Also keep a watch out yourself. Weather radars are not always 100% accurate and sometimes news reporters rely on people calling in to let them know what is actually going on. Watch for a darkening of the skies, especially if it is concentrated in one area, wall clouds, hail, and any dramatic change in winds. Knowing what to look for is possibly the most important part of being prepared.

What you will need to have

As with any emergency it is always good to have a stockpile of things that will be needed in case disaster strikes. A first aid kit is a must in any situation, you will also need water, batteries, flashlights, extra fuel for cars and generators, and plenty of easy to fix non-perishable food items. It can sometimes be days or even possibly weeks before power will be returned to your area, so be prepared for such circumstances.

What to do if a tornado is spotted

When a tornado is spotted in your area take cover as soon as possible! If you have a storm shelter get to it, if not have a designated place in your home you and your family can go to for cover. This place should always be on the lowest level of your home away from all windows. A bathroom or closet is going to be your best choice. Bring pillows and blankets if at all possible to shield yourself from any debris, and I am sure this goes without saying but ALWAYS put your children underneath you! That way if anything does fall or come flying through it is going to hit you first. If there is anything nearby for you to grab onto by all means do so as this can keep you from being sucked into the tornado.

Personal experience

Living in Alabama my whole life I have had several run ins with tornadoes over the years, but nothing will ever compare with April 27, 2011. That is a day that has changed the lives of many all over America. The county I live in was the hardest hit in Alabama even though we didn't get much news coverage. I live in DeKalb County where there was over 30 deaths from one tornado. It was finally categorized as an EF5 and it was over half a mile wide. The link I have provided is a video taken on that day from over 30 miles away on Lookout Mountain. It shows the tornado going from Rainsville to Ider, AL.

To be honest with everyone there is no real way to prepare for such an thing, if you are a religious person all you can do is pray to your God that it does not hit you, or that if it does you at least walk away with your life. Many people I know died in the above tornado, and they took every precaution they tell you to. My family was very fortunate as we watched it pass less than 1/8 of a mile from our house. The pictures I have provided in this article are my actual pictures of the devastation tornadoes cause. Many peoples lives were saved just by simply jumping in their tubs and holding on for dear life. Nobody can understand the destruction these things cause until you have seen it first hand. The picture for this section is what used to be a trailer park half a mile down the road from where I live, 3 people died there. Shelter is the most important part of surviving!

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Destruction, Destructive Force, Devastation, Emergency Food Supply, Emergency Preparedness, How To, How To Prepare For A Tornado, Tornadoes

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
I am a stay at home mother from beautiful North Alabama. I have 3 wonderful children.12 yr old twin girls and my 2 yr old niece.

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

Wow, now that was quick off the mark Stephanie for Mark's latest challenge, and what a Star page this is! Good advice, and what a scary thing to go through..We may moan about all the rain we get in the UK, but our weather is rarely this extreme...Informative and well written page..

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author avatar Jerry Walch
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent information, Stephanie,

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

Great information on emergency preparedness for tornadoes I sure hope none of us experience one

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

very helpful...

sorry to hear about the april 27, 2011 incident

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author avatar avery sandiego
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

I am very much afraid of tornadoes...i just see some small ones in the sky but real tornadoes are rare here in my place...would surely read this article again

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you all, They are definitely not something to take lightly. Even in the best of situations they are very unpredictable

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Hey Stephanie, great article. This is so near and dear to us folks here in Alabama. I had to go down stairs twice last week. Once the week before. I am just so lucky I have a basement. It might not save my ass but, I will at least think I am a bit safer til it gets me. LOL
I have been in a tornado (Been through my share but, this was the first actually 'in it') once, with my son and his friend Eric and I was driving! Girl it was crazy, it picked my car up and threw us in a ladies yard. Just crazy. Any how, thank you for all the visiting you did around my pages tonight. I really appreciate it. Well back to business: Your page is well written, good (but sad) photos. Your tips are spot on, just a good page. I say you met Mark's challenge and conquered it. Well done on the star. Thank you for sharing.)

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you! And yes very sad photos indeed. These are after clean up had started I refused to take pictures any sooner as they were still finding people in the debris. So these were taken about a month after it happened.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Very informative and well done...(Maine does not usually get tornadoes but last summers end we had a few very small ones)...again than you!

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Wow, you hurdled Mark's challenge excellently, steph. Congrats on the STAR!

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you very much, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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author avatar lozz akbar
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I am grateful in Indonesia there is no tornado

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent disaster management guidelines.

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author avatar Funom Makama
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Nice work friend... You definitely deserved the Star and also its nice getting such wonderful articles from the Mark's challenge. Keep it up!

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