Being caught in a tornado is one of the most harrowing experiences one could ever find themselves in.
It can be frightening to look up at the swirling tornado as it rampages around picking up dirt and debris. It is a sight you will never forget – but what can a person do in such a situation?
You should never panic because this is the time to stay as calm as possible to think about your next step. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind whether you are trapped inside a house, car, or even when you are out in the open.
1) Find A Field (If Outdoors)
Let’s begin for those who are standing outdoors and can see the tornado.
You want to find an open field as soon as possible. If you are caught in such a situation, the last thing you want to do is get close to possible debris, as it will be flying everywhere and can be lethal.
If you are able to find an open field, get down low and make sure you are not making yourself a victim to swirling winds.
2) Take Cover in a Small Space (If Indoors)
Let’s assume you are inside and are looking out your window.
First, get away from the window and head for a small spot in your house. This could be something as little as a closet. The goal is to reduce the chances of getting trapped in an unfortunate situation even if you are indoors.
In some cases, try to go into your cellar (if you have one). This will give you the best chance to stay safe during a tornado and is the right option for those who have access to one.
3) Don’t Sit In Your Car
It’s easy to think you’re safe in a car but there comes a point when you’re not.
In fact, the risk is going to increase for your car to literally get blown away by the twister (see the video below). It’s not worth putting your life in danger. Some will try to outrace a tornado, but it’s all dependent upon the distance between you and the twister.
4) Don’t Stay By Your Windows
This is a common thing for people to do and it is a real mistake.
You never want to stay close to your windows because they are the first thing to shatter. You are going to be in grave danger if the windows break and the wind is blowing.
It is going to take you away and is going to cause a lot of damage if debris starts to fly at you.
It is best to make sure you are getting into that small space and far away from any windows.
5) Don’t Return To Evacuated Home
If you have already left a property, then please don’t return until it is safe to do so. It is easy to think you’ll be able to get back home and that is going to be your “safe” spot, but remember, if your home suffered damage it may be structurally unstable.
Tornado safety is all about maximizing your chances of surviving the twister. Once the twister passes, stay in open areas to minimize the possibility of being hit by shifting debris or falling trees. Communicate with your local law enforcement authorities who will be attmpting to assist you in any possible way they can.