7 Tornado Safety Tips Every Michigander Needs

7 Tornado Safety Tips Every Michigander Needs

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:

  1. Get to a windowless room on the lowest level of your home.
  2. Stay away from windows as best you can.
  3. Get into the center of the room you’re in.
  4. Get under sturdy furniture.
  5. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  6. Leave your mobile home and go anywhere else.
  7. 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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