As I sat in the sunny 70 degree weather at the Louisville Vs. Eastern Michigan baseball game yesterday I thought back to just a few days before when I had been scared for my life during a tornado warning. I woke up in the middle of the night to howling wind, loud thunder, lightening thrashes, and pounding rain. All I could think about was what I needed to do to stay safe, however I wasn’t sure what I needed to do. That is why I have compiled a list for the necessary steps to stay safe from a tornado incase a warning like that ever passes through Louisville again.
However first comes first, what actually is a tornado?? According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, a tornado “is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground.” Tornadoes, however, are naturally invisible, since they’re made up of air. The reason we are able to see a tornado is due to the fact that the vortex is made up of water droplets, dust, and debris.
Now that you know what is coming for you the next time you hear a tornado warning for your area, here are the steps you need to take:
- Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
- Get away from the windows.
- Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
- Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
- Use your arms to protect head and neck.