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There’s a Tornado Warning! Now What?

If a tornado watch is called for your county, there is no need to panic. Being prepared and keeping an eye out for the signs of a tornado is often all you need to ensure you stay safe when a tornado warning is issued. While tornadoes are a real possibility in Florida, many tornado warnings end with little or no actual tornado activity. As long as you and your family follow some basic tips, like the ones outlined here, you should emerge from the tornado warning safe and sound.

Locate Your Emergency Kit

Assemble and keep an emergency kit in case a tornado approaches. A basic emergency kit should contain these items:

  • Canned food items and can opener
  • Clean water (one gallon for each person in the house for three days)
  • Pet food
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils and disposable cups
  • Flashlights
  • Warm blankets
  • A Change of clothes for each family member
  • Battery powered or crank powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Power banks to charge cell phones or electronics

When a tornado warning is issued, make sure you know where the kit is located and let other family members know.

Be Aware of the Signs

In Florida, a tornado is often caused by a thunderstorm, so rain is a good first sign that you should be on the lookout for a tornado. Many people look for the signature twister approaching on the horizon, but there isn’t much time to get to a safe spot if the tornado is close enough for you to see it. Knowing the early signs of a tornado approaching can allow you extra time to prepare. The signs that a tornado may be approaching include:

  • Sudden hailstorms
  • Dark sky with a green tinge
  • A loud roaring sound, similar to the sound of a train approaching

If you see any of these signs, get to a safe place. If you don’t have a basement or storm cellar, as many Floridians don’t, try to get to an inside room with no windows, like a bathroom or closet.

Pay Attention to The News

Technology allows meteorologists to monitor weather conditions and give you a timeframe during which tornado activity is most likely to occur. Keep an eye on the news so you can be aware of the times when your immediate area is at the most risk.

Take Pictures of Your Home’s Contents

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to take photos of the inside of your home. This will help you prove the contents of your home if any damage occurs and you have to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. If you have any big tickets items, get up close and take a few photos to prove the condition and brand of the items. This will prevent any questions from the insurer about the items you own.

Be Prepared To File a Claim

If damage occurs in your home, don’t hesitate to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. With the help of a good public adjuster, you can get the money you deserve to fix the damage. Five Star Claims Adjusting can help you file your claim. To get started, click here.