Tornadoes are among the most devastating natural disasters, and they happen without warning. It’s important to be prepared by having a preparedness kit that has food, water, flashlights and other non-perishable items on hand. Take this article as an opportunity to review tornado safety tips and get prepared for the next time one might come your way!

Tornadoes are among the most devastating natural disasters, and they happen without warning.

Tornado/Cyclone Season?

Unlike hurricanes with a predictable season, cyclones happen at almost anytime of the year.

The weather is right for a tornado when the air is very unstable. That means the winds at different levels are blowing in different directions or at different speeds. This is caused by wind shear. The first thing you’ll see will be a really big thunderstorm.

It’s important to be prepared by having a preparedness kit that has food, water, flashlights and other non-perishable items on hand.

This article is your opportunity to review cyclone safety tips and get prepared for the next time one might come your way!

  1. What to do if you are in a tornado
  2. How to prepare for a tornado
  3. What to do after the storm has passed

Difference Between a Tornado Warnings and A Tornado Watches

Knowing the difference between tornado warnings and a tornado watches can save your life. A tornado watch is a Be Prepared notice. The conditions are ripe for cyclone activity and you should be on the watch for things to change. A tornado warning is a Take Action notice. The funnel cloud is seen or indicated on weather radar. People in the area should be aware that they may need shelter immediately due to this dangerous storm heading your way soon!

Preparing for a Tornado

If you are in a cyclone, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Head to a shelter if you can. If there is no shelter, go to the lowest level of the building and get as close to the center as possible.
  • Stay away from windows and other glass objects.
  • Keep your head down and cover your head with your hands.
  • Do not use matches or lighters.
  • Do not try to outrun a cyclone.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared. This should include items like food, water, first-aid supplies, and a flashlight.
  • Plan ahead. Know where you will go if a cyclone strikes. Have a safe place to go in your home, like a basement or an interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay informed. Listen to the news or weather reports to find out if there is a tornado watch or warning in your area.
  • Follow the instructions of local officials. If they tell you to evacuate, do so immediately.

After the cyclone has passed, there are some things you will need to do:

  • Check for injuries and provide first aid if necessary.
  • Call 911 if there are any serious injuries.
  • Check for damage to your home and property.
  • If you have power, turn on lights and appliances to check for damage.
  • If you have water, turn on faucets to check for damage.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • Talk to your insurance company about filing a claim.

Never enter a damaged building.

Additional Resources for Surviving a Tornado

Scijinks It’s all About Weather

Tornado Basics from NOAA

Conclusion on How to Survive a Tornado

We hope you never have to experience a tornado. If you do, be prepared. We’ve provided some tips and tricks on how to prepare for tornadoes in advance as well as what steps should take place after one has passed through your area. Though we can’t predict when or where a cyclone will strike next, by following these preparedness guidelines now and staying informed about local weather conditions, you’ll be ready no matter what happens!

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