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How to Prepare When Tornadoes Strike

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It is important to plan for the possibility of a tornado striking. It is a good idea for you to verify your building's safety plan in order to ensure that you are safe. You should know where everyone is in case of a tornado emergency. If possible, have a plan for how everyone will meet up after the disaster is over. Make sure to call family members for advice. Remain calm and do not panic.

Plan ahead

Preparing yourself is the best way to prepare for any tornado. Be aware of where you can 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. Do not use your car to escape from the tornado, but take shelter inside a sturdy building if you can. Also, alert your family and neighbors about your location.

Get into a ditch or gully

Many chasers opt to ride in their vehicles during a tornado warning. You might wonder why you would want to do that. Tornadoes can cause havoc to vehicles even if they are stationary. You have likely seen photos of cars and trucks being wrapped around trees and covered with deadly debris. A vehicle provides you with a layer that protects you better than other vehicles.

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Avoid getting caught in a drainage ditch or canal.

If possible, shelter yourself in a sturdy building. If this is not possible lie flat on the ground. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and other structures. Stay indoors when there is a tornado warning. Avoid opening windows because they can cause damage to your skin. Keep the whole family together during an emergency and wait for help.

Protect yourself against falling objects

The first thing to do when a tornado strikes is to seek shelter inside a sturdy building. Once you're inside, spread your body flat on the earth. Cover your head with your arms. Move to a lower elevation, such as the basement or a storage room. 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. Be calm and calm while inside a large store or mall. However, protect yourself from falling objects.

Find shelter in a house

If a tornado is moving through an area it's crucial to find somewhere safe to hide. You should seek shelter within a sturdy building, if possible. Since elevators are not available and heavy objects might fall through the floor, it's best to remain on the lowest levels of buildings. In addition to interior walls, bathrooms are often safe havens. To avoid being blown out by a tornado, stay inside.

Avoid seeking shelter under bridges and overpasses

Avoid taking refuge under bridges or overpassed roads during a tornado. It might be tempting to climb on top of a bridge in order to avoid the rain but a tornado's winds and debris can easily penetrate clothing and skin. Climbing up an overpass can result in being thrown half-a-mile into the air and not being protected from falling debris. The narrow passage under an overpass can also increase wind speed, leading to severe injuries or even death.

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Avoid getting trapped under a bridge during a tornado.

Meteorologists warn you against sitting under an overpass or bridge in severe weather conditions. Overpasses create a wind tunnel that increases tornado winds, launching deadly debris missiles. Oklahoma's May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak is a prime example of how dangerous it is to cover yourself under an overpass. Tornadic wind can whip up flying debris and pelt those hiding under. They can even blow them out of their shelter, causing death.

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What are the most important skills to survive in the wild

When you live off the land, the most important thing to learn is how to light a fire. It's not just a matter of lighting a match; you must learn how to start a fire using friction and flint. Also, you need to be able to avoid being burned by the flames.

You need to know how shelter is built from natural materials such leaves, grasses and trees. For warmth at night you will need to learn how to best use these materials. And finally, you'll need to know how much water you need to survive.

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Even though they will help you to stay alive, they are not as crucial as learning how lighting a fire. Even though you can eat many types of animals and plants you won’t be cooking them if the fire doesn’t start.

You will also need to know where and how to find food, including edible animals. You may become sick or die if this is not known.

How to Navigate Without or With a Compass

A compass is not able to tell you where your destination is, but it can help guide you back home if necessary.

You can navigate using three different methods:

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

Landmarks are objects that you can recognize when they appear. These include trees, buildings and rivers. Landmarks provide visual clues to where you live.

Magnetic North is simply where the Earth's electromagnetic field points. The sun appears to be moving across sky if you look up. The sun actually moves around the earth because of the earth's magnetic fields. The sun appears to move across the sky but it actually moves around the horizon. At noon the sun is directly overhead. At midnight, the sun will be directly below you. The magnetic field on the earth changes daily, so the direction of the North pole's magnetic North pole can change every day. This means that sometimes you may be off course for quite a while.

Stars are another method for navigating. Stars appear over the horizon to rise and lower. These are points in space you can use to find your exact location relative to other locations.

How long does it take to find help after becoming lost?

This depends on several factors:

  • Where you are
  • Which type of terrain are you in?
  • Whether you have cell phone reception
  • Whether someone has seen you
  • Whether you have been injured
  • You are either dehydrated or not
  • No matter if you've been drinking water.
  • No matter how recently you ate
  • It doesn't matter if you are wearing the right clothing
  • Whether you are carrying a map or compass
  • Are you familiar with the area?
  • How long have you been lost?
  • How much time did you spend searching for help
  • How much time does it take for people to notice you missing
  • It is amazing how quickly they search for you
  • How many rescuers can you attract?
  • How many rescues were you able to receive?

What is the most important tool for survival?

The most important tool for survival is a sharp knife. A sharp knife is more than just any other knife. It won't be of much use if you don't know how it works.

A knife without a blade is useless. A knife with an unattractive blade is dangerous.

Master craftsmen understand how to craft the best knives. They take great pride and ensure that each knife is flawless.

They sharpen their blades regularly and keep them clean.

When you buy a knife, you want to ensure it feels right in your hand. It should be comfortable to hold.

You should not notice any marks on the handle.

If you find these flaws, please ask the seller for a fix. Accept a knife if it doesn't feel comfortable in your hand.

What can you do to survive in an emergency situation?

It's impossible to spend too much time thinking about what you should say next. You need to be prepared for any situation. It is important to be able to quickly react to any unexpected problems.

You should also be prepared to think outside the box if you're in a difficult situation.

In a survival situation you might face the following problems:

  • Finding yourself trapped in remote areas
  • Getting lost
  • Having limited food supplies
  • Running out of water
  • Facing hostile people
  • Face to face with wild animals
  • Finding shelter
  • Predators being fought
  • Making fire
  • Use tools
  • Building shelters
  • Hunting
  • * Fishing

Why is it important to have basic survival skills?

While you might not always have access water or food, being prepared will ensure that you survive for longer.

It is important to learn how you can take care of others and yourself. You won't be able to cope with crisis situations if you don't learn how to do it.

If you plan to go into the wilderness and need food and shelter, you should learn how to make fires and cook.

These are skills everyone needs to have. These skills will allow you to be safe and healthy on your camping trip.

What is your best survival tip for the future?

You can survive by staying calm. If you panic, you can make mistakes and even die.


  • so you can be 100 percent hands-free, and there's less chance you'll put your torch down and lose it. (nymag.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)
  • 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)
  • Without one, your head and neck can radiate up to 40 percent of your body heat. (dec.ny.gov)

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How to Purify Water in Emergency Situations

The most important task in natural disasters is to purify drinking water. Purifying water involves filtering, disinfection and storage. Clean drinking water has saved many lives in times of need. It also helps people recover faster after disasters.

Purified water should be stored in a well-ventilated area and away from direct sunlight. Purified water should be stored in a container that does not contain oxygen. Use plastic bags or bottles if you do not have enough containers. Keep the water at 4°C (40°F) or less. Avoid freezing because ice crystals may form inside the water.

These steps should be followed when purifying water

  1. Boil water to boil until it is dry. Remove any remaining impurities by pouring the boiling water through a strainer.
  2. To every 2 gallons, add one teaspoon of the iodine. Stir thoroughly before adding the iodine.
  3. The water should be kept in an airtight container. Keep the water at room temperature for no longer than three working days.
  4. Label the container with the date and type of water.
  5. You must ensure that your water supply remains safe.


How to Prepare When Tornadoes Strike