The heart of tornado season is from March through June. When the atmospheric conditions are right, tornadoes can strike with little warning and cause a massive amount of damage. In order to keep you and your family safe, you must first know a little bit about tornadoes!
There is an average of 1,000 tornadoes nationwide each year. Tornadoes are more common is the central U.S., however, they can occur almost anywhere in North America. There are several different signs that a tornado is imminent: dark greenish skies, large hail, dark rotating clouds, and a loud roar – like a train.
What’s the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? This is a very common question. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop. You should stay alert, watch for changes in the weather, account for all family members, and listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. A tornado warning means a tornado has touched down and been spotted. This means danger is imminent and you need to take cover right away.
Once a tornado has been spotted you do NOT try to outrun it! Stay calm and seek shelter. If you are home, the safest place is underground – such as your basement. If underground is not an option, seek shelter in the central most part of the house away from windows. If you are in an office building go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building on the lowest floor possible. Stay out of elevators! If you are driving, abandon your vehicle and seek shelter. If you are in open country, seek the nearest ditch – lay flat facedoown on the ground and protect the back of your head with your arms. If you are in a mobile home, GET OUT! Even if your mobile home is anchored down, you are probably safer outside!
Even though meteorologists are better at predicting tornadoes, they can still strike at anytime with very little warning! Bassler & Co. Insurance Agency hopes these tips help you and your loved ones stay safe this tornado season! The good news is tornado damage is generally covered under your standard homeowners insurance policy, unlike flood damage or hurricanes. To ensure your home has enough coverage, contact Bassler & Co. Insurance Agency at (847) 480-0800 or visit us online at http://www.basslerins.com/.