How To Prepare for EF5 Tornadoes

How To Prepare for EF5 Tornadoes

EF5 tornadoes are the most powerful on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Their wind speeds are 200 miles per hour or more. As a result, they have the strength to completely level houses and send automobiles and other heavy objects flying. Even large high-rise buildings can experience structural deformation due to EF5 tornadoes. Given their destructive capabilities, you need to take actions to stay safe if you live in an area where tornadoes occur. Here’s how to prepare for EF5 tornadoes.

Know the Environmental Warning Signs

To get ready for tornadoes, you’ll need to be able to identify the environmental warning signs that tell you when they’re approaching. The following are some things you might see right before a tornado strikes:

  • A loud roaring sound in the air that is similar to the sound that a moving freight train gives off.
  • A shift in the sky’s color, where it becomes dark or has a green tinge.
  • Heavy hailing, where each piece of hail is larger than normal.
  • Large pieces of debris that fall from the sky.
  • A circling cloud of debris that is rotating close to the ground (this can show you where a tornado is about to form, even if it’s not clearly discernable yet.)
  • A silent moment with no winds directly following a strong thunderstorm.
  • A dark funnel of clouds that reaches towards the ground.

Should you notice any of these indicators or a combination of any of them, you can respond appropriately instead of being caught off guard by an oncoming tornado.

Get Connected With Local Warning Systems

Besides knowing the environmental warning signs to watch out for, you should also get connected with local warning systems. These will notify you when you need to be on high alert. You can find out current weather conditions through the usual means, such as weather reports on television, radio, and internet news programs. In addition, you should sign up for text alerts in your area that will automatically appear on your phone when weather becomes dangerous. If you want to get your information directly from the National Weather Service (NWS), there are also National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios you can buy. Make sure to have some extra batteries or ways to provide additional charging power to your phones and radio just in case you lose access to electricity.

The notifications that you receive through your devices may show messages that fall under one of two categories. These are tornado watches and tornado warnings. Tornado watches tell you that the conditions associated with tornado formation are present. Tornado warnings come when the NWS observes an actual tornado through visual means or weather-measuring instruments. The organization will issue warnings to all areas that the tornado may soon hit, though it can’t predict the tornado’s path with 100-percent accuracy. However, you should always heed a tornado warning and act immediately to find safety, as the tornado can appear in your location within a matter of minutes after the warning.

Know What To Do in Different Locations

In an ideal situation, you would be in a location where there is a dedicated storm shelter to run to when an EF5 tornado arrives. But because you may be at work or running errands when a tornado appears, this will not always be the case. So, you should know what the safest course of action to take is for different locations that you spend a lot of time in. When you’re inside your home or a building, you should go to the section that is least exposed to the outside, such as a basement, an inner room, or a closet where there are no windows. Laundry rooms and restrooms can work well because the water pipelines that they have fortify their walls. In multistory buildings, remember to always head to the lowest floor. If you’re driving or in a trailer, you should go outside and go to a nearby storm shelter or larger, sturdier building. For those who have no buildings or shelters in their proximity, lying down in a low part of the ground with your hands over your head and neck is the best you can do.

Put an Emergency Kit Together

Tornadoes can cause so much damage that you may lose the ability to obtain food and other items for a time. That’s why putting an emergency kit together is a necessary step for how to prepare for EF5 tornadoes. This kit should have food and water, basic first aid materials, extra batteries and flashlights, and essential toiletries and medication. The amount of food and water that you store should be enough to last you and your family a minimum of three days. Go for canned or packaged items that won’t go bad after sitting for a long time. In addition, you can place your radio in the emergency kit and some extra clothing articles as well. With all these supplies always ready in your house, you can better handle a tornado situation.

Install a Sturdy Storm Shelter

Storm shelters are essential structures to have in your home or building because they’ll do a better job of protecting you than any normal room. You can install Swisher’s ESP (Emergency – Security – Preparedness) Safety Shelters above ground, making them highly adaptable to different building layouts. We’ve subjected our tornado shelters to rigorous impact testing at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University to make certain that they can withstand 250 mile-per-hour winds. They meet or exceed the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) requirements for EF5-rated tornadoes, as well as standards that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the International Code Council (ICC) have set. With their powder coated and thick carbon steel design, you’ll be well-prepared for any possible tornado in the future. Furthermore, our above ground tornado shelters are made in the USA. This ensures that we’re able to keep them to the highest standards of construction, which is critical when they can make the difference between safety and danger for the people who use them.

How To Prepare for EF5 Tornadoes