Staying Safe During a Tornado in an Apartment Building


Tornadoes can be terrifying events, especially when you live in an apartment building. While basements are often the safest place during a tornado, many apartments lack them. However, there are still steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones during a tornado in an apartment building.

 Familiarize yourself with the layout of your building, including the location of stairwells,interior hallways, and sturdy rooms like bathrooms.

Prepare a kit. This should include essentials like water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, batteries, and a radio.

 Monitor weather reports closely and be aware of any tornado watches or warnings issued for your area.

Seek shelter immediately: Do not wait for the tornado to be visible.

Head to the lowest level: If your building has a basement, this is the safest place to be.

If no basement: Go to the most interior room in your apartment, preferably without windows. Bathrooms and closets are often good options.

Get under something sturdy: If possible, get under a heavy table or piece of furniture for added protection.

Protect your head: Crouch down low and cover your head with your hands or a helmet if available.

Stay away from windows and exterior walls: Flying debris is a major hazard during tornadoes, and windows are the most likely place for it to enter.

Do not use elevators: Elevators can malfunction during power outages and leave you trapped.

Listen for official instructions: Once you are in shelter, stay tuned to local news or emergency broadcasts for further instructions.

Do not go outside until the all-clear is given: Even after the tornado has passed, there may be downed power lines, debris, and other hazards.

The most important thing is to act quickly and seek shelter in the safest place available when a tornado warning is issued. By following these tips and staying informed, you can increase your chances of staying safe during a tornado.

Image sourced from NWS 

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