Tornado Safety and Preparedness

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15 Tornado Safety Tips

Tornadoes are among the most violent storms in nature. They can strike very quickly and not even appear until dust or debris is picked up to form a funnel of wind. And with wind speeds that top 300 miles per hour and paths up to 50 miles long, it's good to be prepared for one, whether you live in a tornado-prone area or not.

The first three tips on our safety list are probably pretty easy to figure out:

1. Determine the best locations for shelter at home and work. The safest location is always a basement, below the deadly wind and projectile objects. If you can't go underground, find a small interior room or hallway on the lowest level of the building.

2. Conduct tornado safety drills with your family. Make learning quick and fun, and children will remember the basics of what to do, especially if you go through the motions several times.

3. Prepare an emergency supply kit. Experts recommend that each person (and pet) has supplies for at least three days, including bottled water (two quarts per person, per day), nonperishable food, and a first-aid kit that includes prescription items as well as aspirin and antacids.

While these three tips are the most obvious, we've got 12 more that you might not have thought of.

How Homeowners Insurance Works

Just as annoying as paying health insurance we might not use or insurance for our cars that we may not use all year long, there is the issue of whether to buy that "just in case" homeowner insurance. And those living in an area prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters have the added stress of buying added coverage. So when does it make sense to shell out the bucks?

How Weather Alerts Work

When an unseasonal tornado surprised Poplar Grove, Illinois residents in January 2008, at least one nearby county adopted a Reverse 911 system for emergency information to be transferred via landlines, cell phones, e-mail and voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP). Find out more about different forms of emergency alerts and signing up for them.

How Emergency Power Systems Work

In the past few years, the world has watched as devastating natural disasters have knocked out power lines for days, weeks and months. For some, the difference of having electricity for medical generators or refrigerated medicines can mean the difference between life and death. Find out what you might need in an emergency power system if a disaster should happen.

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