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Preparing Your Home for Midwest Summer Tornado Season | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

6/17/2024 (Permalink)

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As summer approaches in the Midwest, we all must be vigilant and prepared for the onset of tornado season. These powerful storms can strike with little warning, causing widespread destruction and posing significant risks to life and property.

However, with proper preparation and understanding of tornado alerts, you can better protect your home and loved ones from the potential dangers.

Assess Your Home’s Vulnerabilities

Before tornado season arrives, it’s essential to assess your home’s vulnerabilities and take proactive measures to strengthen its defenses. Start by inspecting your roof for any signs of damage or weakness, such as loose or missing shingles. Reinforce your roof if necessary to help it stay in place during strong storms.

Next, examine your windows and doors to ensure they are strong enough to withstand high winds and flying debris. Consider investing in impact-resistant windows or installing storm shutters to provide an extra layer of protection during tornadoes. Reinforce garage doors to prevent them from collapsing under pressure, as this can lead to significant structural damage.

Understanding Tornado Alerts: Watch vs. Warning

It’s essential to understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning to know how to respond appropriately during severe weather events.

  • Tornado Watch: A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. During a tornado watch, you should stay alert and be prepared to take action if a tornado warning is issued for your area. Keep an eye on weather updates and be ready to seek shelter immediately if necessary.

  • Tornado Warning: A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar in your area. When a tornado warning is issued, it means that you need to take immediate action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Seek shelter in a safe room or basement, away from windows and exterior walls, and stay there until the storm has passed and it is safe to emerge.

Create a Tornado Preparedness Plan

Having a tornado preparedness plan in place is essential for ensuring the safety of your family during severe weather events. Designate a safe room or area in your home where you can take shelter during a tornado. Stock this area with emergency supplies, including water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and any necessary medications.

Make sure everyone in your household knows the location of the safe room and understands the importance of seeking shelter immediately when a tornado warning is issued. Practice tornado drills regularly so that everyone knows what to do and where to go in the event of a tornado.

Summer tornado season in the Midwest can be unpredictable and dangerous, but by taking proactive steps to prepare your home and family, you can increase your chances of staying safe and minimizing damage.

If your home is affected by a tornado or other severe weather event, SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex is Here to Help®.

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