What to Do – Tornado
First fire has destroyed Slave Lake, Alberta, now a tornado has ripped apart a town in Missouri. All in the same week.
There are more horrific stories of Tornado’s in the US MidWest. Early reports of a Tornado on Sunday, May 22 in Joplin, Missouri suggest that “75% of the town is virtually gone.”
Check out the news cast from CNN and some footage found on YouTube.
In 2007, my wife and I were heading out for a walk. It had been hot out and we wanted some fresh air and exercise before nightly thunderstorms arrived. We stepped outside and got about 1/4 mile from out house in the country when we rounded a corner and saw a storm that was fast approaching. The clouds looked “different” and it was moving very quickly towards us.
We turned around and ran home. Minutes after we got home, the wind whistled and the rain came. Later, we discovered that a tornado touched down about 7 miles from our house.
We were lucky.
We later asked ourselves “What should we do if a tornado threatens?”
Here is a list derived from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
1. Go to a safe house or basement. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
2. Stay away from windows and doors. Do not open windows.
3. If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter.
4. If your are trapped outside, lie down in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
5. Mobile homes, even if they are tied down, offer little protection from a tornado.
6. Never try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle. Instead, leave it and seek shelter.
7. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornados causes the most injuries and fatalities.
Now you know what to do…