Pat Starnes Snippets: Eight Tips to Prepare For Tornado Season

Eight Tips to Prepare For Tornado Season

Two tornadoes have passed dangerously close to my home over the course of the last two weeks. Each time I found myself hunkered down in the closet.The first tornado went less than a half mile east of my home; todays' early morning storm was a half mile west! My neighbors and I feel like we have a target on our back.

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Fortunately, there was only minor damage with each tornado. Downed tree limbs, trees toppled, their roots upended. Shingles were ripped from rooftops, but to my knowledge, no injuries or car accidents as a direct result. Nearly 1000 households were without power at 10:00 a.m.

 

**I'm now receiving reports of multiple trees down in nearby neighborhoods, roof damage, fences down, etc.

Tornadoes are most common from March to June, but can occur at any time. It's wise to take precautions, because tornadoes give little warning.

 

Following are a few practical tips to guide you through severe weather:

 

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  • Listen to the local radio or television weather station
  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Consider an emergency weather radio for alerts and information
  • Decide which room in your house is the safest BEFORE there is an emergency. Choose an interior room away from windows and potential flying debris
  • Have an emergency kit with medical supplies, a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, granola bars
  • Keep blankets and pillows nearby or in your "safe room"
  • Take shelter and stay alert to weather sirens and possible "freight train" sounds
  • Avoid being in your vehicle if possible during tornado watches. A "watch" means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. Never leave home during an actual "warning".

 

Despite an old wives' tale, it is unnecessary and to open doors or windows in your home in an attempt to equalize the pressure in your home. Doing so will only allow blowing rain and wind to damage your homes' interior. 

 

Pay attention to local weather reports and heed the warning of the Emergency Alert System. 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • April 14 2018 07:50PM

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I'll pass this info along to my sister in Indiana, Pat. Here in SoCal, we worry more about the ground shifting - and I don't mean from too many martinis!

Posted by Gwen Banta (Sotheby's International Realty) 8 months ago

This is timely and lifesaving information. It seems we all have to put up with something, right. Earthquakes, floording, or tornadoes, or? 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing info on preparing for tornadoes-glad we don't have them here.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 8 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Or hurricanes! But yes, we all have to deal with the possibility of something in different parts of the country. But we have had our share of tornadoes, and it's still early in the season.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

@Pat I am glad that we rarely have tornadoes here in CT.  I would rather deal with  the blizzards than twisting wind at 200 miles an hour.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 8 months ago

Gwen Banta and Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 - You two Cali girls have other things to worry about besides tornadoes. It's all in what you get used to. Thank you both for reading my post.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

George Souto - I've never been in a blizzard and I don't want to be. We were lucky that these two tornadoes were on the low side of the EF scale. The first was an F-0 and todays' was an F-1.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Hello Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS great tips to prepare for tornado season.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 8 months ago

Pat, That is a good checklist.. I'm glad you are prepared and the tornadoes missed you. I've never been through one and don't want to be but did experience a couple blizzards when we lived up north. We have to deal with occasional hurricanes but at least we get plenty of warning to prepare and evacuate, unlike tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, etc. Stay safe.

 

Posted by Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection! (Tropical Realty Beachside brokered by eXp) 8 months ago

Hi Pat,
I've never been in a tornado prone area during tornado season so I have never experienced it... and so glad for that. Your checklist is great info for those who are. 

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 8 months ago

Diana Zaccaro - Tornadoes are different because there are frequent "watches", which is when weather conditions are favorable. You can become accustomed to hearing the sirens. But when a tornado is spotted, it becomes a warning and you'd better find a safe room. When I lived on the coast (Mississippi), there were still tornado warnings, but mostly further inland. I agree with the statement on hurricanes. You have a much better (longer) evacuation period.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS 

I was talking with a neighbor today and mentioned how similar your tornado checklist is to our hurricane prep list. She asked an interesting question...if a tornado heads our way, should she close her storm shutters to prevent breaking glass and flying debris?

I did not know the answer but told her I know who to contact to get an answer.

 

Posted by Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection! (Tropical Realty Beachside brokered by eXp) 8 months ago

Those are excellent tips for those who are dwelling or find themselves in tornado territory, Pat.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

I remember my mom wanting to open up windows when there was a tornado watch.  Glad to know that one is not advised.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 8 months ago

Diana Zaccaro - because there is very little time to do much preparedness, your friend should probably seek shelter instead of spending precious time trying to close her shutters, unless they close electronically. I'm not familiar with the different types of shutters available on the market. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland - that theory never made sense to me, but I remember my parents talking about it. They thought it would prevent the house from caving in due to the pressure of the tornado.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Carol Williams - Tornadoes are more of a "Southern thing", much like the blizzards you have tend to happen up north. We have very few snow storms. I'll admit they are scary when they happen but it's a fact of life.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Luckily this is something we don't have to worry about. Although I do get concerned when I hear my parents in Florida are under a tornado warning. It must be terrifying!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 8 months ago

We had one pass a half mile from our house, too. You are right it is very frightening and so glad you weren't hurt.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 8 months ago

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS Good advice, Pat...I have no idea how much notice you get. Some people have electric shutters but most have manual accordions on the sliders and roll downs on the windows. The accordions can be closed in a minute but the roll downs take a little longer. I will share your response with her. Thanks!

Posted by Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection! (Tropical Realty Beachside brokered by eXp) 8 months ago

Hello Pat - I have never been in a tornado but your tips are excellent. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 7 months ago

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