For those of you that don’t know, I’m about to tell you a little bit about a thing that many of us call tornado preparedness. Before we get started though, let me just say that this isn’t a special golfing course for training in poker, although a good time may be had by all at one of those things. It’s a little different.
Remember the movie “The Towering Inferno”? Where Brad Pitt plays a kid who is so young that he doesn’t know what a tornado is? Well, a tornado is a tropical cyclone, that moving from one continent to another across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, bringing heavy rain, snow, wind, hail, and other sorts of damage. It can be anywhere in the world.
When they hit in a rainy area, as mentioned, they can produce up to thirty foot winds and up to two feet of thunderstorms, although the number one cause of death is lightning. But, the great thing about tornadoes is that they can come and go, which makes them dangerous in some ways, but not others. If you are building a home or doing any sort of construction on your property, or even if you’re just storing the family’s woodstove, there are a few ways to prepare yourself for what can happen.
With a home, or building, being set in the middle of the woods, tornado preparedness is one of the most important aspects. For one thing, you don’t want to risk your life by getting stuck in the middle of the woods if there is a storm coming, because then there is nothing you can do but wait until the storm passes. So if you’re building a home in the woods, there are a few ways to ensure that you’re ready when the storm comes. First, make sure that there is a well-thought out, effective evacuation plan.
Watch for warning signs. Thefirst way to do this is to have a place where you can start to prepare, either in your house or outside. Obviously, you won’t have time to leave the house and you don’t want to risk losing all your things. But, you can have a place where you can store the essentials, like flashlights, jackets, wet weather gear, and food and water, even if it’s not safe for all of you to use.
Think of your vehicle as a hurricane or tornado shelter. In a home, a common place for these is inside your garage. Also, a way to get a car up off the ground during a storm is to suspend the rear of your car above the ground with roof racks and lots of cords. This works great, but it will limit your ability to move when the storm hits. So, instead, think of the car as a tornado shelter. It has the capability to protect you from the debris and to hold up if you do need to exit, but it doesn’t limit your movement at all.
You can also think of sheltering, a system that provides protection against moisture, moisture, and more moisture, as being a way to protect against extreme weather. And by protecting against extreme weather, I mean things like ice, winds, and ice.