With spring season coming in, it brings with it another season: tornado season. Starting in May in the southern plain states, like Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and lasting through June and then spanning from June to July for the Upper Midwest states, like North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, tornado season can wreck great havoc. Tornados are unpredictable and you may find yourself one day driving along when one approaches.
If you find yourself in this scary situation, here are the key things to remember.
Don’t try to outrun the storm. If the storm is approaching you, it is highly unlikely that you’ll find yourself able to drive away from it. It’s best to not be moving when the storm is gaining ground, so don’t create higher risk for yourself by trying to get away.
Pull over, keep your seatbelt fastened, and take cover. As soon and as safely as possible, pull your car over to a secure spot. Once stopped, make sure to keep your seatbelt fastened, take cover to duck below the windows, and cover your head with your arms, a blanket, a jacket, or anything you may have that can offer protection for your head.
In the event that the tornado you are facing is merely near you, but not closely approaching, you may have a better chance to drive a little further. With this said, you still don’t want to drive all the way to your destination. Instead, drive to the nearest secure building in order to take cover there.
When it is safe to do so, leave your car and seek shelter inside, continuing to take cover from any glass and windows and using your arms to protect your head. If you are in a position where the tornado is only in your area but there is no building for shelter near, you can also safely exit your car and take cover in a low-lying ditch, if near one. While crouched in the ditch, you would want to continue covering your head.
Some key things to remember no matter how near or far you are to a tornado are:
-Never seek shelter below an overpass or bridge
-Always heed caution as there may be other obstacles in the road, such as blown debris or live electrical currents
As we approach this tornado season, remember to always prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you. Be alert when on the road and stay aware of any storm warnings in your surrounding areas. If you do find yourself in the midst of a tornado, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be well prepared to take care of yourself and make it out of the eye of the storm.