Spring is upon us, and so are the weather and storms that come with it. In the Midwest, we know that means the potential threat of tornadoes, the majority of them occurring between April and June. While we can’t prevent all of the damage that tornadoes and other severe storms cause, there are a few things that you and your family can do to prepare that will give you a greater chance of staying safe.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit. This should contain things like bottled water and non-perishable food items, a flashlight and first aid kit. A complete list can be found here. Keep this place in a designated spot in your home and make sure that all family members know where it is located.
- Know your warning system. Not all warning systems are created equal, so understand what all of the sirens in your area mean.
- Select your safe room. This should be an interior room on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or a basement or storm cellar. Make sure everyone in the home knows which room you’ve selected.
- Practice drills. This ensures that in the event of a storm, you are ready. Assign tasks as needed, for example, who is responsible for locating the family pet.
- Storms are often accompanied by high winds. Prepare outdoors as well by removing diseased or damaged trees and branches, secure any lawn furniture, trash cans or anything else that wind could pick up.
- Know the warning signs for a tornado and don’t wait to seek shelter.
In the event that a tornado strikes, following these simple disaster preparedness steps could keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself in need of repair due to damage caused by high winds or severe storm, contact professionals to make sure that the repairs are done properly and efficiently.
Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.