So far, the 2013 hurricane season has been very quiet for Florida. Tropical Storm Karen gave the Gulf a little scare and gives us a reminder that it is time to make sure everyone is prepared for an unexpected storm.
Hurricane season brings many things, storm surges, flooding, rain, wind and tornadoes. Tornadoes are violent wind funnels that can devastate neighborhoods in seconds, even after a hurricane has already run through the city. Damage paths can easily exceed one mile wide by 50 miles long. Tornadoes can strike anywhere, with little to no notice, often following in the wake of thunderstorms. The average wind speed is 30 mph, but tornadoes can vary from stationary to 70 mph. It’s important to be aware of safety precautions when faced with one of Mother Nature’s biggest dangers.
Before A Tornado Strikes
You and your family should build an emergency kit for surviving natural disasters. Include items such as first aid supplies, medications, food and water, flashlights with extra batteries, blankets etc. In bad weather, turn on the news and follow any instructions given by local emergency management officials. If you are alerted to possible danger, look out your window. A dark (often green) sky, large hail and low clouds are tornado warning signs. If you see a funnel developing or a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter immediately.
During A Tornado
If you’re inside a building, go to a designated shelter area. You will be safest on the lowest level (or basement), as close to the center of the building as you can get. Avoid taking shelter near glass or in a room with heavy objects that can be thrown by heavy winds. Closets and hallways generally work well. Most injuries come from flying debris, so remember to cover your head and neck with your arms.
Mobile homes are not safe, even if they are tied down. Get out immediately and go the closest building. Take shelter in a location as described above.
If you’re outside, get to the nearest building or buckle up inside your car and drive to the nearest building. If the storm is approaching too quickly, get in your car, buckle your seatbelt, duck down below the windows and cover your head with anything available (or your arms). Never park under a bridge or overpass. Never try to outrun a tornado in your car.
About half of all tornado-related injuries are suffered after a tornado strikes, during cleanup and rescue attempts. Put on sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves while walking amid debris. Be extra alert for broken glass and exposed nails as you navigate the devastation. Damaged power lines, electrical systems and gas lines present a risk for fire, explosion and electrocution. Report any downed power lines, suspected gas leaks and frayed or sparking wires. If you suspect any damage to these systems in your home, shut off electrical power and the main gas valve; if you suspect a gas leak, open all windows, leave immediately and avoid smoking or any other activities that can start a fire. Any injuries should be treated as soon as possible
Safety precautions are designed to protect your loved ones, but what about your home? Call Pro Player Insurance Group at 855-367-7744 for more information on Fort Lauderdale windstorm insurance.