GUEST VIEW: Brush up on tornado preparedness tips

The following editorial was published in the April 18 edition of the Midland Daily News:

(TNS) Welcome to Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, which continues through Saturday.

Now is a good time to review what to do in the event of a tornado, especially since they are more common during the late spring and early summer months.

People need to know how to keep themselves safe as the average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes. That leaves people little time to react quickly when a warning is issued.

So, to be ready:

  • Identify the lowest place to take cover during a tornado. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls;
  • Know of a place to go that is under something sturdy, such as a workbench or stairwell, when taking shelter in the basement or designated spot;
  • Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado; and
  • Stay tuned to local media for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.

Also, be aware of the following signs that can indicate an approaching tornado: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark-lying cloud or loud roar, similar to a freight train.

People also should put together a 72-hour emergency supply kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs.

Be prepared so as not to be a victim of severe weather.


Posted by Tribune News Services

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