We Have Entered Into the Heart of Tornado Season | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
Here we are, folks! Once again, we have reached Tornado Season. Spring and early summer attract tornadoes due to the temperature constantly fluctuating between hot and cold. Tornado season peaks in the Southeast region during April and May while the Midwest region peaks during June and July. The US, however, records the highest number of tornadoes occurring during May, with a whopping average of 1,200 tornadoes per year.
Meteorologists and weather services can sometimes provide advanced notifications of potential threats, but tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all. With the threat of tornadoes being the highest this month and the next for our community, SERVPRO of Montgomery wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to prepare.
Stay Weather Alert
Have a reliable source for severe weather. It is a great idea to keep your cell phones charged when you know a storm is coming. However, there is a chance of power loss, and there is no telling when power will return. Use your phone sparingly to conserve battery life. Keep a weather radio and batteries on hand to be able to receive potential warnings. Often, the threat is not over after the first storm blows through, and you must prepare for what might come next.
Know the Difference Between Watches and Warnings
A Tornado Watch means severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes are in the area. Watches should be considered just as dangerous as a warning. A Tornado Warning means there is a confirmed tornado in the area. It was either sighted or indicated on radar. You should ALWAYS take shelter when there is a tornado warning and remain there until the all-clear is received.
What To Do and Not To Do During a Storm
- Keep away from windows, doors, and open spaces
- Take shelter in the innermost part of your home such as a pantry, bathroom, or closet
- Watch the weather forecast and be aware of your surroundings
- Ensure your safe space has flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and a helmet to protect you from potential falling debris
- Run outside to watch the storm
- Think that you have plenty of time to get into your safe space when you hear the tornado coming
- Leave your home during a storm unless you live in a mobile home or trailer. Seek shelter in another home or building before the storm.
What Should You Do After a Storm?
- Be mindful of your surroundings when leaving your safe space. Downed power lines, fallen trees, and gas leaks pose a dangerous threat to your safety.
- Do not turn on anything electric until you are positive there isn't a gas leak. Clean any flammable liquids if possible. Leave the structure if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
- Listen for shifting or unusual noises around you. These noises could indicate a structure is caving and may collapse. Watch your step and guide your family to a safe location.
- Receive first aid when appropriate. If someone is severely injured, do not move them unless there is a danger of further injury.
- Take pictures of the damage to your home and contents for insurance purposes. Documenting on-site will go a long way in speeding up the restoration process from the insurance side.
SERVPRO of Montgomery understands tornadoes can be deadly and destructive. For this reason, we prepare for every disaster. We have a network of more than 1,900 franchises nationwide and hundreds of Disaster Response Teams. SERVPRO strategically mobilizes teams across the country to travel to support our community after storm events. We even have our very own Large Loss Division based out of Montgomery!
When disaster strikes, do not panic. Remain calm and remember SERVPRO of Montgomery is only one call away.