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Protect Your Home from Tornado Damage

Tornados are vortexes of intense wind that can level homes and destroy lives. As with any natural disaster, the best thing you can do for your home is to prepare in advance as much as possible.

Tornado Basics

Have A Plan: In the event of a tornado, the most important thing you can do is make sure you and your family have and know your emergency plan. Have a meeting location where you all know you’ll meet up again if anything were to separate you and listen to the radio or TV for any updates.

  • A tornado watch means the conditions are right for a funnel to form. Begin your emergency preparations and stay close to your TV or radio for updates.

  • A tornado warning means a funnel has been spotted and is being tracked in the area. If you aren’t there already, now is the time to go to your safe shelter.

Find Shelter: The safest place in your home is an underground room (such as a cellar or basement), followed by small rooms without windows (bathrooms and closets), or interior hallways.

Have a backup: The high winds and hail that accompany tornados can affect power lines. If you are the guardian or caretaker of someone who requires medical support, having independent power can be a matter of life and death. Installing a generator will ensure you have your own power until the weather clears and electric companies are able to restore the grid.

Protect Your Home

Make trees wind resistant - Removing dead or decaying branches will strengthen the tree against breakage. High winds will have a harder time affecting one stationary object, but the smaller branches can cause a lot of damage and serious injury if they snap and go flying.

Secure loose items in your yard - Any larger items that couldn’t be brought inside before a storm should be secured to prevent high winds from picking them up and creating missiles. Secure or cover patio furniture.

Consider permanent shutters on windows - These shutters can be closed over windows to protect your glass from breaking after the impact of an object. Covering your windows will help protect your home and prevent broken glass from creating a hazard to family members.

 

Like any natural disaster, nothing can stop a tornado once one has started on its path. Preparation and having an emergency action plan can help prevent major damage to your home and will help you and your family stay safe until the weather clears.

Contact the experienced technicians at All Services for any of your surge protection and home generator needs at (219) 233-2066.

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