Tornado! Are you prepared?

During the spring and summer in the U.S. we have to keep our eyes to the sky looking for potential bad weather. Tornadoes can occur any time of day and form rapidly. There were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,688 were confirmed). 2011 was an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes. There were estimated confirmed fatalities of 552 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the prior ten years combined)*.

As the season grows we have already seen 274 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2012, of which at least 183 have been confirmed. There have been 55 confirmed fatalities in the United States (as of 3.8.12)*.

One can never 100% guarantee that you are protected in a tornado, but there are some valuable ways to protect yourself. I have listed a couple of excellent sources for you to read.

Redcross – Redcross Link
FEMA -  http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Other items to prepare with:
1) Hard Hats (during & cleanup)
2) Safety Glasses (during & cleanup)
3) Strong shoes/boots (during & cleanup)
4) Dust masks (cleanup)
5) Strong Gloves (cleanup)

Teach your entire family how to use these items and all items in your survival kits.

Before and during a potential disaster:
1) Make a plan – Use the above links to help you design a plan that fits your family
2) Practice your plan – Remember drills from school? Do it at home.
3) Prepare for survival – That is the goal
4) Stay Calm – We work better when we are calm
5) Try to laugh (it may seem weird, but it helps)

This is my son acting crazy while in the bathtub during a Tornado warning.

Please pass this information on to your friends and family so everyone can all remain safe during a potential disaster.
*(source Wikipedia)

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