Though we don't live anywhere near Tornado Alley, we're not immune from twisters. Just this weekend, a tornado touched down in West Winfield, Herkimer County that caused minor to moderate damage. Here are a few tips for staying safe during a tornadic event.

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Tornadoes are powerful and destructive natural events that can occur with little warning, making preparedness essential to minimize their impact. Here are key steps for tornado preparedness:

  1. Create a Plan: Develop a detailed emergency plan for your family or household. Identify a safe room or storm shelter, ideally in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor without windows. Ensure everyone knows and practices the plan regularly.
  2. Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, medications, a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, and important documents. Store the kit in your designated safe area.
  3. Stay Informed: Stay updated on weather conditions through reliable sources like the National Weather Service or local news. A NOAA weather radio can provide critical updates and warnings. Install weather apps on your smartphone for real-time alerts.
  4. Strengthen Your Home: Secure heavy furniture and appliances to walls, and consider reinforcing your home's structure. Install storm shutters or have materials ready to cover windows.
  5. Community Plans: Familiarize yourself with your community's tornado warning system and evacuation plans. Participate in community drills and stay connected with neighbors for mutual support.
  6. Post-Tornado Actions: After a tornado, check for injuries and provide first aid. Avoid downed power lines and report them immediately. Use caution when inspecting your home for damage, and wear sturdy shoes and gloves to protect against debris.

By taking these proactive measures, you can significantly enhance your safety and preparedness, reducing the potential for harm during a tornado. Remember, the key to tornado preparedness is vigilance, planning, and quick action.

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