When you live in Oklahoma, spring time is often associated with the beginning of the tornado season; this can cause a bit of panic. But for some people, the panic is simply because they don’t know what to do in the case of a tornado. So in preparation for the upcoming season, here are some ways to protect you and your family in the wild Oklahoma spring and summer weather we sometimes get.
Of course, the first thing is to make sure you know the signs of a tornado. Do you know what to look for? You don’t just want to wait for the news or the radio to send out the tornado warning. Weather forecasting is not always right, and tornados can occur without warning. So other than an obviously visible tornado, here are some ways you can spot a tornado.
- Strong rotation in the cloud base
- Loud, continuous roar or rumble (it will not go away like thunder)
- At night, there might be small, bright, blue-green to white flashes near the ground. These are possible power lines that have been snapped by strong winds.
The second thing is to be prepared in the event that a tornado does occur. What do you do now? Have a plan already mapped out. Make sure all your family members know what to do. When a tornado watch is issued, check your supplies, safety kit, and be ready to take your plan and execute it.
- Avoid windows and glass at all cost
- Get to the lowest level in your house or shelter. If you don’t have a lower level or shelter, stay in a central area like a bathroom or closet. Take blankets and mattresses with you so you have some protection from debris.
- If you’re in your car, get out and seek shelter. Do not stay in the vehicle. And don’t seek shelter under a bridge.
Tornados have been known to happen all over Oklahoma, we are in the Tornado Alley. But certain areas in the Rogers and Tulsa Counties are a bit more prone to tornado action. They can happen anywhere where the weather is right. So make sure you know what signs to watch for, you have a tornado plan ready, a safe place to go for shelter. Visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm or http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html for more information on Tornados and safety tips.
RCI Insurance Group is located in Claremore, Oklahoma across the street from the Post Office. We can look over your home insurance in OK and make sure that you have adequate coverage and should you need to turn in a claim, we are here to help you. Visit our website at www.rci-ins.com or give us a call at 918-341-6081.
Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella. ~Terri Guillemets