Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday is Tornado Safety Day

This picture is from January 10th, 2008, here in Hazel Dell, Washington of our most recent tornado here in Clark County.  As we continue to celebrate Severe Weather Awareness Week along with the National Weather Service, today is Tornado Safety Day. 

The general safety actions for a tornado include:
  • Seeking shelter in a basement or study building. 
If you are outdoors and close to a car:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris hits your vehicle while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • As a last resort, stay in the car with your seatbelt fashioned. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
Mobile Homes: Even if tied down, mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes, and should be abandoned. Residents who find themselves in a mobile home when a tornado threatens should go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter if possible.

Warning Signs Of A Tornado Include:
  • Tornado survivors often report hearing a loud roaring sound, similar to that of a freight train, as tornadoes approach.
  • Hail will typically grow in size, often to golfball size or larger, near the most dangerous parts of thunderstorms which can also be followed by tornadoes.
  • If you see rotating debris, even without the existence of a funnel cloud, it could be a dangerous tornado.
  • If you experience any/all of these phenomonena, you should enact your safety plan immediately!

1 comment:

Lynnette said...

The tornado in 2008 stopped in my yard. We had news crews in the yard all day/night using the big bill board at the property line for an example of the storms intensity. A day to remember! The photo appears to be on 78th street and about Lake Shore. looking out to Vancouver Lake. We were at 78th and St. John's. Thank you for the reminder about being prepared. It's too easy to think it will never happen to you!