Preventive Emergency Tornado Preparation

Daniel Odukoya and Oluuwafunmilola aderoju, editor

The tragedy that occured in kentucky yesterday left at least 29 people dead, the tornado twisters destroyed a factory in kentucky, battered a nursing home in Arkansas, leveled an amazon distribution center in Illinois and wrecked havoc in Tennessee and Missouri.

Bowling Green and Mayfield, Ky., sustained damage after tornadoes ripped through five U.S. states overnight, on Dec. 11, 2021. The western Kentucky town of Mayfield was "ground zero" of the storm — a scene of "massive devastation," one official said.

Image Source:  NBC news,  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/2-dead-arkansas-possible-tornadoes-heavy-weather-strike-us-rcna8451

 

Gov Andy Besher told NBC news  “There’s not a camera lens big enough to show the path of absolute destruction. People have lost everything,” he added “We’re talking in the rescue effort of going door to door — there aren’t doors,” “We are resilient, and we will rebuild.”

In order to prepare for emergency tornado situations the Maryland Department of emergency management released an emergency  tornado guideline that can help save a life before a tornado and after a tornado

Before an emergency

  1. Build an emergency kit and create a family communications plan
  2. Observe the sky for the following sign such as: Dark greenish sky,Large hail,a large dark low-lying cloud and a loud roar similar to a freight train
  3. If any of these signs are seen or approaching storms are noticed prepare to take shelter immediately

During an Emergency

  1. If in a high rise building go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible
  2. Do not open windows
  3. If you live in a mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a study, nearby building storm or shelter
  4. If outside with no shelter: Get into a vehicle buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the closes sturdy shelter, never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. instead leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter
  5. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries

After an emergency

  1. Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
  2. Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  3. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves, and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
  4. Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  5. Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  6. Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power.
  7. Be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home.
  8. In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
  9. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal’s office and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke or do anything that could cause a spark.
  10. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

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