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Tornado Preparedness: Critical Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

a tornado landing in the middle of an open field with a forest in the background No matter when a tornado strikes, SERVPRO of Southeast Nashville is your local storm damage expert. Call today for fast, immediate help!
A tornado can strike at any time, without warning, even in Nashville, TN. That's why it's important to be prepared for a storm before it hits. Yesterday, May 30, 2022, a devastating tornado hit Minnesota, destroying as many as 100 homes. As climate change takes hold, stronger and more unpredictable storms are likely. This is why tornado preparedness is more critical than ever. In this article, we'll discuss a few important tips to prepare your home and family for a tornado before it happens. SERVPRO is always here to help with storm damage cleanup and fast response!

Be Aware of the Weather

Be careful of the weather conditions in your area. Tornadoes can be very dangerous and unpredictable, so watch out for any changes in the weather that could indicate one is forming. If you know there will be thunderstorms, keep an eye on local radio and television stations or NOAA radio for further updates. Tornadoes may develop rapidly, as they did in Forada, Minnesota. Some tornadoes strike before there is time for a tornado warning. The following weather indicators indicate that a tornado is approaching:

  • A large, low, and dark cloud
  • A dark or greenish sky
  • A loud train-like roar outside
  • Hail, especially larger hail
If you notice any of these conditions, take cover immediately.

Prepare for Storm Damage in Advance

Preparation is key and can even mean the difference between life and death for your family. That is why, if you live in a tornado-prone area, you should organize a storm-kit with the following items in advance:

  • A tornado emergency plan including the location and access to a safe shelter for yourself, your family, people with special needs, and your pets
  • An emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication)
  • Fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information
  • A list of important information, including telephone numbers and important contacts, important health information, banking information, etc.
Make certain that your children know what a tornado is, when tornadoes occur, and what the various types of watches and warnings are. (Counties will often issue warnings.)

SERVPRO is Here to Help

When a storm strikes, the most important thing is to protect the health and safety of your loved ones. Your home is often the first line of defense, and while protecting you, it often takes damage even if its not visible at first.

If you or someone you know has suffered storm damage to their home from a tornado, strong thunderstorm, storm-related wind gusts, or other kinds of storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts today at (615) 731-4222

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