As the old adage goes, an "ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure." Having the right supplies ready in the event of a tornado could be the difference between life and death.
- When a tornado warning is issued, be sure to gather food, water, essential medications, important documents, roadmaps, batteries, flashlights, a cell phone, utility knife, first-aid kit, whistle and gasoline. Blankets and warm clothing are also important to have prepared.
- Keep a battery or crank powered radio handy to listen to emergency broadcasts.
- Write down important emergency phone numbers.
- If you're indoors, take shelter in the basement or lowest floor possible.
- Do not light a match or lighter. Tornados can damage gas lines and even small flames could potentially cause a fire.
- Avoid windows, which can shatter and cause an obvious safety hazard.
- Try to hide behind or under heavy furniture.
- In public buildings, always take shelter in the lowest level. Avoid open spaces and find a small closet, bathroom, or hallway that has no windows.
- Do NOT try to outrun a tornado in a car or on foot. Get out of your vehicle and find a building; if there are no buildings nearby, find a low-lying ditch and lay prone.
- After the hurricane has passed, check on your family and tend to any injuries they may have sustained.
- If your home has sustained damage, be careful when exiting as structural damage could cause a wall or beam to fall.
- Call emergency services in the event of any serious injuries.
- Check on neighbours to see if anyone else needs assistance.