Some ways that people can keep themselves safe during tornado season are by conducting tornado drills, stocking up on water and safety items and having a designated area to go for shelter. People can also educate themselves as to the telltale weather signs that signal a possible tornado.
Possible tornado shelter locations include basements or rooms that lie in the center of a house, especially a small room such as a closet or bathroom. A tornado shelter location should be as far away as possible from windows and can be stocked with blankets or pillows for protection against flying debris. Families should ensure that every member, especially children, knows the location in the house to go in case of a tornado.
Tornado shelter locations should have critical safety supplies, such as flashlights and a weather radio. If these are battery-run, which they should be in case of power outages, then individuals can stay prepared by regularly changing out the batteries. Nonperishable food, water, a first-aid kit and basic medicines are other items to store in the shelter location.
It helps for individuals and families to know the warning signs that signal a possible tornado. Such signs may include a green sky, large hail and a distant rumbling sound.