A tornado hits. It may be your first experience with a tornado and it might not be. At LDR, our team of storm damage specialists knows all too well about natural disasters and severe weather. We have seen and undone a lot of damage done by tornadoes and have put together a few tips to help keep you safe wherever you are.
If You Are Indoors
If you are indoors, go into a room that is as far indoors as possible. The room should be on either the first floor or the basement of the structure you are in. whatever you do, do not stand by any windows or next to something that could fall on you like bookcases, tables, and other furniture. Basically, what you are trying to do in this step is keep yourself behind as many walls as you can.
Find a More Secure Shelter
If you are outdoors or are in a trailer or mobile home, find the nearest secure structure. Even mobile homes that are secured down to the ground do not offer a lot of safety when a tornado hits.
Drive to Safety If You Can
Sometimes a tornado is going to hit with little warning. If you are somewhere that is not safe during a tornado, drive to the closest shelter you can. If that is not possible for some reason, your next safest bet is to stay in your car with your seat belt. Duck down below the level of the windows. A tornado doesn’t take long to rip through a whole city, so trying to race the tornado is asking for trouble.
Out in the Open
Finally, if you are outside out in the open and can’t get to shelter quickly, duck down on the ground and cover your head. Try to be careful of flying debris. Do not under any circumstances try to outrun the tornado as, again, this is just asking for trouble.