04-07-2014 09:00 AM
Content provided courtesy of USAA.
Peak tornado season is in spring and early summer. And even though a large percentage of tornadoes occur in the Midwest and the Deep South, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that every state is at some risk. Even if tornadoes are rare where you live, a little forethought could help keep a twister from becoming a tragedy.
Follow these tips to help protect your home and family:
- Perform an insurance review to make sure you have adequate coverage. You should insure your home for the minimum estimated replacement cost recommended by your insurer.
- Keep doors and windows closed, and head for your family's designated safe room, cellar or basement. The idea is to stay on the lowest level and put as many walls as you can between you and the outside.
- Flying debris and glass can cause injuries, so stay as far away from windows and doors as possible.
- Do not stay in a mobile home during a tornado. If possible, move to a permanent building.
- A vehicle is the worst place to be caught in a tornado. If it's unavoidable, stop the car, keep your seat belt on and duck below the windows.