Tornado Safety Tips: A Checklist for Tornado Season April 11, 2022 A tornado can strike at any time, so it’s important to prepare before one hits. As we roll into tornado season, it is always a good idea to be weather aware. In this blog, we provide a tornado safety checklist that you and your family can reference. This checklist will help you stay safe and knowledgeable during a tornado watch or warning. Do You Know the Difference? The first thing to know when preparing your family and home for the tornado season is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. If a tornado watch is in the area, it means a tornado is possible and to stay alert and ready to head to safety when needed. A tornado warning means one has already been spotted or is in the process of forming and getting to safety immediately is strongly recommended. Tornado Safety Checklist: There are many actions you can take to prepare for a tornado. First, take some time with your family to discuss an emergency plan and consider adding the following steps: Stay tuned in to the local news or weather radio station for tornado watches and warnings. Know the best places to take shelter during a tornado. Usually, the best place is in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building away from windows. Find a local emergency shelter and make sure to know the best routes to get there safely. If you are in a mobile home or vehicle, get out immediately and find shelter in a nearby building. Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car. Cover yourself with something like a mattress or blanket to protect yourself from flying debris. If you are outside, find a ditch or low-lying area and lie down in it, covering your head with your hands. What Should You Do After a Tornado? When the tornado has passed and your family is able to safely leave shelter, ensure to follow up with local authorities on the best route to get home. There could be severe damage to surrounding areas and different roads could be blocked. Continue to tune in to local news and weather radio for further guidance. By following these tornado safety tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe during a tornado. As the severe weather season approaches, consider getting in touch with your local OKFB Insurance agent to ensure you have the coverage you need. Don’t forget to follow us on social media! This type of information and more is just a click away. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Your protection is our top priority. Stay safe Oklahoma!