It’s Tornado Season! 5 Ways To Stay Safe When The Sirens Start Sounding

Tornadoes are just one of the many dangerous weather phenomenons that are found across the world, but they are also some of the most commonly-seen.

As we approach the tail-end of the tornado season (March-June), we want to give you some tips to stay safe when the winds start swirling.

Avoid Windows

FEMA_-_37574_-_Chapman_KS_Tornado_Damage_to_Chapman_Elementary_School copy

When seeking shelter during a tornado warning, it is critically important to find a spot in your home, work, or wherever you may be trying to find shelter that has no windows. If that isn’t possible, find a location that has as few windows as possible in your line of sight.

Windows pose a serious threat to people seeking shelter from a tornado. With winds that can reach upwards of 300 MPH during the most severe category of tornadoes, shattered glass can embed itself into almost anything, especially people.

Do absolutely everything in your power to avoid windows at all costs.

Keep Protection Nearby

Storm shelter

Tornadoes have a bad habit of whipping up debris and flinging it in any and all directions at incredible speed. Even if you find perfect shelter, it is still important to protect yourself.

Making sure to have a pair of shoes nearby (or making sure you are wearing them beforehand) can make all the difference when a tornado touches down.

Not only will shoes help during the tornado, but they will help during the aftermath, as well by keeping your feet safe from any of the potential stay debris lying on the ground.

It might also be a good idea to keep a helmet handy, just in case you are in the direct path of the tornado. The importance of keeping your head safe can never be understated.

Don’t Stay In Your Car

storm-prediction-center copy

Article continues below

Our Featured Programs

See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved!

Cars pose a serious threat during a tornado, and they are one of the last places you want to try and seek shelter. Not only are they covered in windows, but they can also get swept away with ease.

There is almost no safe option if you find yourself in your car during a tornado, but there are a few things you can do.

If you can still see the tornado and its path, you can do your best to drive out of the way if possible. You can also try to drive to shelter inside a sturdy building, or better yet, underground.

Protect the Planet

Help preserve vital habitat at The Rainforest Site for free!