Tornado Day- April 14th

06 Apr Tornado Day- April 14th

As most of you know June 17th, 2011 will mark the one year anniversary of the F4 Tornados that hit multiple towns in Minnesota. On April 14th Minnesota will partake in a statewide Tornado Drill Day. With Spring well on its way (finally) the mixture of warming up temperatures and a cold winds will create for a mixture of severe storm warnings across the state. prepare your family for the upcoming season with a few Tornado safety tips:

BEFORE THE TORNADO A tornado watch highlights an area where tornadoes are likely to develop. Continue your normal activities during a tornado watch, but keep track of the latest weather reports, and be ready to get to a shelter. Tornadoes develop quickly.

IN THE HOME Go to the basement. Get under a table, work bench, or some other sturdy furniture to protect yourself from falling debris. A stairwell is also a good place to hide during a tornado.

IF YOU CANNOT GET TO A BASEMENT Go to a small, interior room on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms and interior halls afford the best protection in most cases. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with blankets, and stay away from windows.

IN AN APARTMENT , SCHOOL OR OFFICE BUILDING Move to the lowest level, to the innermost room — or go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from windows! In a hallway, crouch down and protect your head from flying debris. Avoid areas with glass and large expanses of roof with no supports.

IN A MOBILE HOME, CAR, TRUCK OR OTHER VEHICLE Abandon your mobile home or vehicle as quickly as possible and find a sturdy shelter — preferably a permanent structure. Avoid bridges – they act as wind tunnels People who try to escape a tornado by driving away in a vehicle often don’t make it.; they get caught in deadly winds.

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE WITHOUT SHELTER  Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Protect yourself from flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

For info on last years Tornado disasters check out our blogs:

http://soderholminsurance.com/2010/06/18/june-17th-2010-minnesota-tornado/

http://soderholminsurance.com/2010/06/25/f4-tornado-on-june-17th/

As far as your home goes, our companies are ready to deal with the upcoming season of potential weather related claims. Add our contact info into your phones : 866-763-8744

We know that when a claim occurs to your home it can be a stressful time. If you have concerns on whether or not something may be covered contact Erica at Soderholm Insurance Services

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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