If you’re like most Michiganders, you’re well aware that a tornado can strike at any time. Tornado season here lasts between April and July, and statistically, most tornadoes strike between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. However, it’s always good to keep these seven tornado safety tips in mind.
7 Tornado Safety Tips Every Michigander Needs
If you’re at home during a tornado:
- Get to a windowless room on the lowest level of your home.
- Stay away from windows as best you can.
- Get into the center of the room you’re in.
- Get under sturdy furniture.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- Leave your mobile home and go anywhere else.
- Don’t try to “out-drive” a tornado.
#1. Get to a windowless room on the lowest level of your home.
If you have a basement, that’s where you should be. Homes without basements can still help keep you safe, though. Go to a room on the lowest level possible – preferably one without windows.
#2. Stay away from windows as best you can.
Windows can shatter inward due to high winds, so stay as far away from them as possible when you’re taking shelter.
#3. Get into the center of the room you’re in.
Being in the center of the room keeps you away from walls that could collapse. Corners tend to attract debris, too.
#4. Get under sturdy furniture.
Sturdy furniture like tool benches, sofas and heavy tables can help protect you from flying objects in the room.
#5. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Always cover your head and neck with your arms in case flying objects hit you.
#6. Leave your mobile home and go anywhere else.
If you live in a mobile home, leave it and take shelter elsewhere.
#7. Don’t try to “out-drive” a tornado.
Don’t try to drive faster than a tornado in your vehicle. Tornadoes often change direction quickly, and many are powerful enough to pick up a car or truck and throw it several hundred yards. If you’re in the car when a tornado hits, get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building, ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
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