Feb 01

Preparing for a Tornado

By PillarsofSalt

According to Wikipedia, when a Tornado siren sounds, people have fifteen minutes at max to prepare for a tornado to hit. Fifteen minutes is not a long time to be ready for a tornado. Consider the day when a tornado hit Windsor. No one knew what to do in a situation where a tornado hit. Some people were driving down the interstate when they saw funnels building in their rearview mirror. Some people were out jogging around the neighborhood, and others were at the office typing on their computers.

The question is how do you really prepare for a disaster like a tornado? It can happen so quickly you may not have time to think about what to do. Here is a few things that can help save your life, just in case you ever happen to experience a tornado.

We’ve mentioned it previously, but a bail bag is always good to have on hand. To learn how to prepare a bail out bag, please visit our page . It’s always good to have one of these on hand for if you have to leave your home at a moment’s notice.

Always have a plan with your family, in case something happens. Have a plan on where you will meet before, during or after something happens. The best way to prepare for a disaster is to practice what you would do if one occurs. Make sure your kids know what to do if you’re not home to protect them and keep them calm. Prepare them for the worst so that they can make the best out of what they learn from you.

If you are in a house with a basement, go straight to the basement. Go to a corner of the basement and cover your head with a blanket or some article of protection to keep you from getting hit by flying debris. Stay away from windows.

If you don’t have a basement, go to a stable area of your house like a doorway or a bathroom. Once again, try to cover your body with some type of article to protect you and avoid windows or anything with glass.
Trailer homes are also extremely dangerous in a tornado. If you live in a trailer, go outside and lie close to the ground or find an area that’s protected. Take blankets and your bail out bag if you have one. Cover yourself with the blankets to avoid getting hit by objects…

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  1. Weslley

    I was one of about five people in the Beverly C.C. pohsorp/caddy shack when it was leveled by the tornado. I was 13, a caddy, filling in for my older brother as a club cleaner. I never saw it coming, only heard a terrible thunderstorm that turned the afternoon pitch black. Another pro shop worker named Eddie Staffan tackled me just before it hit, throwing both of us behind tall metal racks that were anchored in concrete and held members’ golf bags. They were about the only things left standing. I can still remember the cold, dusty gusts as they tore through the roof and walls. Yes, it sounded like a freight train. I still have a scar on my knuckle from where flying glass from the front window hit my right hand. We had to dig three (I think) people out from under a card table in the front office, where they had hidden themselves at the last minute. No one was seriously injured, although everyone was in total shock. My knuckle didn’t start bleeding for five or 10 minutes. I had no idea what had hit us. Standing in the club parking lot, another stunned survivor asked, What the hell was that? It was only then that I heard the word tornado.

    1. Benji

      because the sky was so dark. She also explained that she alosmt stopped at the diner on the corner of Southwest Highway and 95th St. but because the skys were so dark she decided to pick us up from school. She would later say that she might have been in the resturant with her two friends had she stopped. When we got home we could see how the skys over Oaklawn were green and black and we heard weather reports on the radio. Weeks after the tornado we would visit close family friends in the Oak Lawn area and see homes that had been damaged or destroyed. My aunt lived 1 block south of Southwest Highway and McVicker. For years we could see traces of the tornado’s damage up and down the different streets and would be reminded how fortunate we were. My mother used to say to us to say a prayer for those less fortunate.

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