9 Tips That May Help You Survive a Tornado

9 Tips That May Help You Survive a Tornado

The Spring season regularly brings deadly tornadoes, baseball sized hail storms, flash flooding, mudslides, and wildfires resulting in the loss of lives, heroic stories, and millions of dollars in property damage.

Here are 9 Tips to Remember That May Help You Be Prepared as Possible for a Tornado.


In Case of a Tornado:

  1. If You’re Indoors:  Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls if at all possible.
  2. If You’re Indoors:  Get to the lowest level of the building such as a storm cellar or basement (which should be prepared with at least a 3 day survival kit).
  3. If You’re Indoors, but Can’t Get to a Lower Level:  Find the smallest interior room or hallway as far from the exterior of the building as possible.
  4. Close all of the interior doors around you.
  5. Protect yourself from falling debris.  Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object if possible, and try to cover yourself with a blanket or cushions.
  6. Hang on to something solid.
  7. If You’re Driving:  Head to the closest structure where you can take shelter.
  8. If You’re Driving, but Can’t Get to a Shelter:  Get out of the car and lie face down with your hands over your head in a ditch or other lower level near the roadway, but away from vehicles.
  9. If You’re Driving and See a Tornado:  Don’t try to outrun it.  Pull over immediately and seek shelter.  Avoid overpasses, bridges, tall buildings, and flying debris.



Iraq War Veteran Dies Protecting Family from Tornado | Steve Grzanich

Published on Apr 30, 2014 – The tornado that struck Vilonia, Arkansas claimed the life of Daniel Wassom, 31. The father of two daughters, Lorelei, 5 and Sydney, 7 was an Iraq War veteran who served in the Arkansas Air National Guard as a load master moving cargo in and out of planes. Authorities say Wassom died shielding his family from tornado debris. “He was truly my hero and I’m going to miss him greatly,” said Wassom’s father, Daniel Ray Wassom, Sr.

This story unfortunately does have a tragic ending that was not likely preventable, but it is an inspiring tribute to a heroic and loving father who died while saving his girls.

Here is a link to a fundraising page for the family in case you wish to help.




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