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How Can We Prepare for a Tornado?

Renters who live in states prone to tornadoes have unique concerns that they do not share with those living in other states. Tornado season can be a scary time, especially in areas where tornadoes are very common. Having a plan in place ahead of time and understanding what you should do before a tornado hits will have you much more prepared when it does. Here is a brief list of some things you can do to prepare for a tornado before it comes.

  • Include the whole family in preparation. This ensures that everyone in your household is on the same page and that everyone understands the family plan.
  • Make sure that you have a tornado rider on your renters insurance plan or separate tornado insurance. Standard renters insurance does not include provisions for tornado coverage.
  • Go over procedures for tornado safety with each member of your family before the season starts. This will save you from having to scramble around when one does strike. Review your plan even if you have gone over it before in previous years.
  • Choose the lowest point in your rented home to take cover. If you have a basement, go there and take cover away from any windows. If you do not have a basement, choose an interior hallway or doorway away from windows. 
  • Cover yourself to protect from flying debris such as broken glass. Mattresses and certain types of furniture work well for this purpose. Heavy blankets may work as well.
  • Stay as far away from windows and any other glass as you can. This includes glass panes on entry doors, too. 
  • Turn off the gas to your home if a tornado is imminent. Find out how ahead of time so that you are not struggling when the time comes.
  • Assemble an emergency kit and make sure it is well stocked. Include a battery powered radio with a fresh battery, candles and matches to light them, flashlights with good batteries, blankets, water and non perishable food.
  • Stay inside if you are in the house. If you are driving, get out of your car and get into a ditch if possible. Stay as low to the ground as you can until the storm passes.
  • Listen to the radio for updates on the weather. Wait for an all clear before proceeding back upstairs or out of your place of shelter.

There is really nothing we can do to avoid the kinds of weather patterns that bring tornadoes. But we can do quite a few things as renters to keep ourselves safe when tornadoes do strike. Take a little bit of time beforehand to make the necessary preparations, and you will be ready when a tornado hits at your rented home. There is no reason not to be well prepared, and no reason not to do everything in your power to keep your family safe when a tornado touches down.

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