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How to Prepare when a Tornado Strikes

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Plan ahead for tornadoes. To ensure your safety, it's a good idea check the safety plan for your building. It's important to know where everyone is, including children in case of a severe tornado warning. Plan how everyone will meet after the disaster is over, if possible. Make sure to call family members for advice. Remain calm and do not panic.

Plan ahead

You can prepare for any type of tornado. Make sure you know where to shelter. If you are driving outdoors, move out of the way. Wrap your arms around your head and lower your body as much as possible. Don't use your car as a shelter from the tornado. Notify your neighbors and family about your location.

Go into a ditch, or gully

When a tornado strikes, many chasers choose to ride out the storm in their vehicle. You might wonder why you would want to do that. Tornadoes are powerful and can cause damage to vehicles even when they are stationary. You've probably seen pictures of crumpled cars and trucks wrapped around trees and covered in lethal debris. You can get in a vehicle to provide protection that other vehicles don't offer.

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Avoid getting caught in a drainage ditch or canal.

If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy construction. If this isn't possible, you can lay flat on a level ground. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and other structures. Avoid being in direct sunlight when you are experiencing a tornado. Avoid opening windows as they will not protect you from the debris that can hurt you. Keep the whole family together during an emergency and wait for help.

Protect yourself from falling objects

When a tornado strikes, the first thing you should do is seek shelter in a sturdy building. Once inside, you should lie down flat on your back. Cover your head by covering your arms. Move to a lower place, such as a basement or storage space. If you find yourself in a large shopping mall or other public place, it is best to move to an indoor room that is away from any windows and doors. Once inside, try to remain calm and stay calm, but protect yourself from falling objects.

Find shelter in a house

After a tornado moves through an area, it is crucial to find safe places to hide. Shelter should be sought in a safe place such as a building. Because elevators might not work or heavy objects could fall through the floors, it is best to stay at the lowest level. In addition to interior walls, bathrooms are often safe havens. It's important to remain indoors when a tornado is coming so you don't get blown away.

Avoid seeking shelter under bridges and overpasses

Avoid hiding under bridges and on roads that have been crossed by tornadoes. Although it may seem tempting to climb onto a bridge to escape the rain, tornadoes can easily penetrate clothing, skin and eyes. If someone climbs up onto an overpass, they risk being thrown half mile high and aren't protected from falling debris. Additionally, wind speed can be increased by the narrow passage below an overpass, resulting in severe injuries or death.

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Avoid getting trapped underneath a bridge/overpass in a tornado.

Meteorologists advise against hiding under bridges or overpasses during severe weather. Overpasses can create a wind tunnel which increases tornado winds and launches deadly debris missiles. Oklahoma's May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak was a great example of how dangerous and unsafe it is not to get cover under an umbrella. The force of tornadic winds can pelt those huddling underneath with flying debris. They can blow them out of shelters, even causing death.

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Why basic survival skills are important

You may not always have access to food and water, but if you're prepared for an emergency situation, then you'll survive much longer.

You have to learn how take care of yourself, and others. You won't survive in a crisis if this is not something you know.

If you're going into the wilderness, you will need to be able to build shelters, make fires, and find food.

These are vital skills that everyone must have. They will help you to stay safe and healthy while on a camping trip.

How to Navigate Without a Compass, or with it?

Although it doesn't give you a map of where you are heading, a compass can help you navigate back home if your bearings have been lost.

You can navigate using three different methods:

  1. By landmarks
  2. By magnetic North (using an compass).
  3. By stars

You recognize landmarks when you see them. These include trees, buildings and rivers. They are useful as they can be used to show you where you are.

Magnetic North simply means the direction where the Earth’s magnetic field points. You'll see that the sun appears as if it is moving across the sky when you look up. However, the earth's magnetic field actually causes the sun to move around the earth. So, while the sun seems to move across the sky, it really moves around the horizon. At noon, the sun is directly overhead. At midnight, the sun is directly below you. Because the earth's magnetic field changes constantly, the exact direction of its magnetic North pole is always changing. This could mean you can be off-course by quite a bit in one day.

Another method of navigation is to use stars. Stars rise and set above the horizon. These are points in space you can use to find your exact location relative to other locations.

Why is knot-tying so important for survival?

All over the world, knots are used to attach ropes and fishing lines to ladders and other items. They also have many other uses, including tying bags shut, securing objects to trees, and creating makeshift shelters. You can save your life by knowing how to tie knots to trees or ropes, or to secure shelters.


  • Not only does it kill up to 99.9% of all waterborne bacteria and parasites, but it will filter up to 1,000 liters of water without the use of chemicals. (hiconsumption.com)
  • The downside to this type of shelter is that it does not generally offer 360 degrees of protection and unless you are diligent in your build or have some kind of tarp or trash bags, it will likely not be very resistant to water. (hiconsumption.com)
  • We know you're not always going to be 100% prepared for the situations that befall you, but you can still try and do your best to mitigate the worst circumstances by preparing for a number of contingencies. (hiconsumption.com)
  • In November of 1755, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 and a maximum intensity of VIII occurred about 50 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. (usgs.gov)

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How To

How to Build a Lean-To Shelter

The United States has many small structures called lean-tos. They are typically made from wood or metal poles covered by tarps, canvas, plastic sheeting, or corrugated roofing material. The roof is typically added after the walls, floor, or ceiling have been built.

A lean-to is a temporary shelter constructed at the side of a building when the weather does not permit the construction of a permanent shelter. You may also call it a "lean to shed", "lean–to cabin," or "lean–to house".

There are many types and styles of lean-tos.

  1. A simple wooden frame with a tarpaulin cover. This type lean-to can be found in rural areas.
  2. Lean-to tent is a structure of poles supporting a roof that houses a tarpaulin.
  3. A lean-to cabin is also known as a "cabin on-frame" and consists of a platform supported with beams and posts.
  4. A leaning to shed is also known by the names "shelter -on-a–pole" and "paddock house". It consists primarily of a framework made up of poles, supports and a cover.
  5. A lean-to-garage, also known as "garage -on-stilts", or "overhang", is composed of a steel structure that rests upon concrete stilts.
  6. A lean-to studio, also called a "studio-on-a-frame" or "studio-on-a-post," consists of a framework made up of two parallel horizontal members (posts) and one perpendicular member (beam).
  7. A lean-to greenhouse, also called a "greenhouse-on-a-post," consists of three parallel horizontal members (posts), one perpendicular member (beam), and a canopy.


How to Prepare when a Tornado Strikes