Spring is just around the corner and already tornados are springing up around the country, including Texas. Tornados are a deadly weather event that are hard to predict and even harder to prepare for. If you live in the “Tornado Alley” part of the country, you probably have a storm shelter or cellar, but with climate change affecting our weather patterns, tornadoes can happen anywhere. While they aren’t nearly as easy to prepare for or protect yourself from as hurricanes and other weather event, there are some things you can to to increase your safety.
The very first thing you should do is make sure you have the right insurance coverage. In most cases tornado damage is covered under homeowner’s insurance, but you may have to get a separate rider for your auto insurance. For any water/flood damage caused by a tornado, you’ll need to get flood insurance. It’s very affordable and something every homeowner should have, as flood can happen to anyone, even if you don’t live near a body of water.
Next, look at your home and figure out the safest place to go to in the event of a tornado. A basement is ideal, but if your home doesn’t have one, look for a room without windows and with interior walls. If that’s not possible, grab your mattress, climb into your bathtub and and pull the mattress over you. Don’t waste time opening your windows-it’s a myth that doing so when a tornado is approaching will equalize the air pressure and reduce the chances of your home being damaged.
It’s important to pay close attention to the weather forecast when severe weather is in or headed to your area. If a tornado watch is issued, it means conditions are right for tornadoes to form. A tornado warning means one has touched down in your area and you should seek shelter immediately! You should make sure you have emergency supplies read such as flashlights, clean water and a generator. Check out generac generator service Spring TX if you need to pick one up.
If you are outdoors and see a funnel cloud, you should also seek shelter immediately until the threat of touchdown has passed. If you are driving and see a tornado or a tornado warning has been issued, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so, get out of your car, and look for a ditch or the lowest lying area you can. Lie down as flat as possible, face down, and cover your head.Your car (and that includes RVs and tractor trailers) are no match for a tornado!