If you have been paying attention to the news in the last couple of weeks, you have likely noticed that it is tornado season again in Ohio. In fact, it was just this week that upwards of 50 tornadoes were documented between the Western Plains and our Midwestern community.
While the sudden resurgence of tornadoes seems to have snuck up on residents of Ohio this year, it is not uncommon for our area to experience tornadoes of varying severity in the months of May and June — making it extremely important that you know what to do in the event of a Tornado warning.
In today’s blog, The Lakes at West Chester Village, your local provider of West Chester Apartments, will be discussing a few things that you should do when there is a tornado warning in our area. After all, the safety of our residents is extremely important to us. Continue reading to learn more.
First Things First — What Is A Tornado Warning?
When you are in the car listening to the radio or watching television on your couch, you might be interrupted if there is a tornado warning or a tornado watch. Emergency notification services are locally broadcast whenever there is a tornado watch or a warning — but there is a key difference between the two.
A tornado watch is an alert that is issued to warn local populations that there is a storm in the area that can potentially produce a tornado. When there is a tornado watch issued you shouldn’t be worried, but instead, you should be alert and look for signs of a developing tornado.
When a tornado warning is issued, however, it means that a tornado has been spotted in the area or picked up on the radar. When this has happened, it is important for you to take shelter immediately.
Know The Signs Of A Tornado
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), there is no better way to protect yourself from a tornado than to be alert and constantly monitoring the sky for signs of a tornado developing. Some of the tell-tale signs that a tornado is developing are:
- Strong and persistent rotation in the cloud base
- Whirling dust or debris
- Heavy precipitation followed by dead calm or a fast shift in wind
- A loud continuous roar (almost like thunder)
Seeking Shelter In Our West Chester Apartments
If you have ever lived in an area that is prone to the development of tornadoes, you have likely heard the fix-all safety solution “get in the basement away from all windows.” While yes, the basement is one of the best places that one can seek shelter, most apartment complexes do not have basements.
While you might not have access to a basement, the general rules of shelter will still apply. In the event of a tornado warning, it is important that you get to the lowest level of the building (making friends with residents on the first floor can remedy this situation) and seek shelter in a windowless room like a bathroom or a hallway.
Once you have found shelter, it is important to get as low to the ground as you can and to cover yourself in the case that objects begin to fall. Some weather experts suggest that you find a sturdy piece of furniture to hide beneath or to cover yourself in blankets or with a mattress.
What To Do After The Tornado, Or After The Warning Has Been Lifted
It is a common misconception that once a tornado has passed through your area that the danger is over. In fact, sometimes the aftermath of a severe wind event can be just as bad as the tornado itself. When leaving your shelter be wary of fallen utility lines, tree limbs that have been damaged but have not yet fallen, rising floodwaters, and other items or obstacles that could cause harm to you or others.
Have Questions? Visit our Office To Ask!
Sure, any time that you even talk about tornados it can be unsettling. That being said, discussing proper tornado safety protocol is extremely important. In an effort to make sure that you are best prepared for a severe weather event, we urge you to stop by our West Chester apartment office to ask any questions that you might have about our complex and the best course of action when a tornado watch or warning is issued.
We look forward to speaking with you. Contact our team today if you have any questions.