Did you know in 2020, there were 247 tornadoes reported through the United States in May and June? They can strike anywhere and at any time, often leaving communities with little time to react. It is always important to take precautions and have a tornado damage plan in place. Read below on how you can prepare your home and family for a tornado.
Tornado Preparedness Tips
- Inspect and Reinforce Roof: Inspect the home’s roof to make sure it is sealed tight. Consider reinforcing the roof with hurricane clips. These clips can help prevent the roof from lifting off of the home.
- Trim trees, branches, and bushes around the home. Doing this will help minimize debris damage that severe weather can cause.
- Bring in any lawn and garden furnishings or equipment: High winds could pick up these items and hit the house with them.
- Protect Doors, Windows, and Garage Doors: Covering or boarding up doors, windows, and garage doors is ideal to prevent wind from entering a home. If wind stays outside of the home, the home’s contents will be safer inside. But most of the time, tornadoes are unpredictable. Purchasing and using hurricane shutters is best to prevent windows from being broken during a storm.
- Secure Large Furniture and Appliances: Anchor down large pieces of furniture to the wall and/or floor with zip ties or furniture straps.
- Know How to Turn Off Utilities: Locate the home’s gas and water shut-off valve. If damage occurs, know how to shut these valves off to prevent further loss.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and know the tornado warning signs. Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- Establish shelter zones in the home. The first-choice shelter zone should be something underground such as a basement or cellar. If these are not an option, choose a small room without windows such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of your home.
- Create and practice a tornado preparedness plan. Create a plan that works and practice it often.
- Create an emergency kit and store it in the designated shelter area. The kit should include, first aid supplies, at least three days’ worth of water, non-perishable food items (don’t forget a can-opener), matches, candles, flashlights, a battery-operated radio (with extra batteries), tools, a change of clothes, shoes, and a coat. Download our supply checklist below.
Tornado Emergency Supply Checklist for Homeowners
Tornadoes develop quickly. Having a tornado supply kit could help you and your family tremendously if a tornado strikes your home.
- What to include in your kit:
- Important Documents
- Food & Water
- Hygiene Items
- Basic Tools
- Insurance Agent Contact Information
Download our free tornado emergency supply checklist below.
Tornado Damage Clean-Up & Restoration
If a tornado strikes your home, our team at ServiceMaster DSI can help, 24/7/365. Our tornado clean-up process includes: board-up, temporary fencing, emergency pre-cleaning, debris removal, content packout, content cleaning, deodorization, and reconstruction. Learn more here.