Tornadoes have not been lazy thus far in 2017. Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 500 reports of possible tornadoes throughout the States. To put things in perspective, 2008 was a big tornado year, seeing more than 2,100 possible tornado reports. Will 2017 be a bigger year?
Why You Should Care
Tornadoes kill 70 people and injure more than 1,500 per year. While the average forward speed is 30 mph, associated winds could exceed 200 mph. A tornado warning is something not to be taken lightly. Severe storms and tornadoes are known to uproot trees, toss vehicles through streets, and rip roofing off of housing. But, you can do your best to prepare to ride out every storm.
Unexpected things happen during emergency events. Are you prepared to address a loved one’s minor injury? The First Aid app provides step by step instructions to handle bleeding, burns, bone injuries, and more. You can never be too prepared, but with the First Aid app, you don’t have to worry about having emergency aid knowledge at your fingertips.
This app is for those who want to geek-out on tornadoes and expand their knowledge on the topic. Get diagrams related to types of twisters and learn how to identify clouds that may alert of an oncoming tornado.
Weather Live Free
You can stay prepared and on top of incoming weather systems with this Android weather app. Get up-to-the-minute reports on local weather or scan weather patterns in the area of loved ones anywhere in the world.
Nixle is great for those who want to receive any kind of weather or emergency intelligence. It receives information from over 5,000 emergency outlets such as fire stations. It prioritizes information based on severity and needed action. Get the latest in your area and beyond.
Tornado by American Red Cross
This is like the Red Cross app above but contains information and tools specifically related to tornadoes. Quiz family members on preparedness, access tools like alarms and flashlights, and locate the nearest Red Cross emergency locations.
Architects understand some areas are more prone to severe weather and high winds, but that doesn’t stop homeowners from building a safe room. A safe room could be in the basement, on top of a slab of concrete in the garage, or somewhere on the first level of the home. Basically, you want to find an area with no windows or structures that could pose a hazard (ceiling beams). Also, the connection to all the parts of the wall must be secure and able to withstand severe winds.
In some scenarios, the best place to seek refuge is the car. While the vehicle can remain intact, winds or waters could topple or move it, creating occupants to become trapped inside. An auto hammer is a cheap way to ensure you can easily break the glass of the car or cut someone out of their seatbelt.