Looking at the snow still on the ground makes it hard to believe that March is the official meteorological start of spring. But March is officially here and with it comes the potential for severe weather. In fact the threat of tornados is so real that March 1st – March 7th has been designated as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.
This yearly reminder is an important, potentially lifesaving prompt that gives locals the heads up about weather dangers that can occur in our state during the spring season.
Flooding, thunderstorms, lightning and tornados are all common weather occurrences that can cause havoc, but tornados can be the most destructive and life-threatening of them all. With Illinois being a part of what is known at “tornado alley” it makes sense to be familiar with the signs that a tornado may be approaching:
The best way to be informed when severe weather hits is to be tuned into the local news/weather to get the latest emergency weather information. When a tornado siren sounds do not ignore.
Being in your own apartment/home can give a false sense of security. You may only have seconds to act from the time a tornado siren sounds so know that best to be during a tornado is the basement. If you do not have a basement or it is not quickly accessible then go to an interior closet or bathroom tub and stay away from windows. Cover your head with pillows or sofa cushions. The number one cause of death during a tornado is flying debris so making sure you are covered and protected is a vitally important part of any tornado safety plan.
Finally, having an emergency supply kit that includes bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlight/batteries and a first aid kit is another smart way to be prepared.