A terrifying alarm sound announces the imminent danger up ahead. The storm is just too powerful and the swirling winds have generated a twister that’s now coming your way.
You can read the fear on your loved one’s faces. You must employ a last-minute call to action to get everyone to safety. There’ s no room for error now, every small action counts.
Since you’re reading this, it’s likely that you have encountered a similar situation before, or have somebody who experienced something similar.
Whatever the case, there are a few things that you need to get straight in order to survive tornadoes, especially with all the intensity heating up as years go by.
But sadly, your life might be at risk right as we speak because you might believe the wrong things about this type of emergency. That’s why I will help you discover the right ways to survive a calamity like this
- Equalize air pressure by opening all house windows
This applies when avoiding an implosion or gas leakage. It’s true that the tornado ravaged environment will likely look like an explosion aftermath, but this doesn’t apply at all when it comes to powerful winds.
The idea behind this myth was to regulate the higher air pressure within the house with the low pressure coming from the outside storm.
However, this does close to nothing. In reality, the powerful winds will smack debris through your windows and will turn your house into a death trap.
The cracks of your buildings are enough to equalize the indoor pressure, not counting the rooftop disintegrating and the ravaged bricks dislodged due to violently colliding with debris.
Don’t forget the most astounding warning in case of a disaster – Keep away from windows! And focus exclusively on taking cover asap.
- Never attempt to outrun a tornado
Institutions like the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) warn that outrunning a tornado is a reckless action due to the its unpredictable trajectory, powerful funnel effect, as well as speeds of up to 70 mph.
The reality is that tornadoes can be left behind. You know this from the numerous storm hunters out there and it’s also fairly intuitive because your vehicle can exceed 70 mph.
However, you must know where you’re standing in relation to the tornado, and where a tornado is heading. From close range this may be a futile task.
If you do know these things (not guess/speculate) you can decide whether you have a clear road ahead or not, and attempt an escape.
However, if a shelter is within reach, just go for it and leave the car behind. If you’re on the highway with nothing around your but open fields and ditches, your best chance of getting out is to step on that gas.
If there’s no other way than to face the whirlwind, then tighten your seatbelt, keep the engine running to allow airbags to trigger, and dock below the windows to avoid unwanted debris damage. Shroud yourself in whatever is at hand to mitigate any debris impact.
- Take cover in a ditch or some other below the ground level area
It’s true that some tornado experts claim that whirlwinds overpass ditches or other below the ground areas instead of filling them with winds.
It’s also true that the lower you find shelter the more protection you receive from being picked up by the wind or hit by debris.
However, a ditch is still an open place, at least from above, and the wind speed and all the swirling mess above will act unpredictably. So even if advice is to abandon your vehicle in favor of a ditch, I’m not sure if it’s the best idea. I wouldn’t do that if I was confronted with such a situation.
Additionally, a tornado doesn’t just come with rushing winds, but also with consistent amounts of rainfall. This may fill in the ditch in a blink of an eye, exposing you to even more risks. The severe weather may also rigger flash floods.
You see where this is going, so you better fasten that seatbelt and wait for the turmoil to steer in a different direction.
- You can seek shelter in an overpass if you’re a motorcyclist
This particular myth emerged in 1991 when a motorist squad sought shelter from an impending tornado under an overpass on the Kansas Turnpike.
They shot terrifying videos of their encounter and were lucky enough to tell the tale.
Numerous people believed afterwards that overpasses are a great way to take refuge from a tornado, but the reality is far from this.
The two exists of an overpass are likely to create a wind tunnel, further increasing the wind speed during the encounter. The tight openings make the perfect wind trap for whoever is unfortunate to seek refuge therein.
Before attempting to take cover inside an overpass, keep in mind that many people had died as a consequence. Trust me, you won’t like the ingenious ways a tornado might end your life while inside an overpass.
I hope you won’t fall for any of these myths if you ever encounter a twister. Seek shelter immediately within a basement, in the bathroom where the pipes reinforcing the walls will offer additional protection together with the bathtub or inside any marked emergency shelter.
Think ahead and make up a plan in case SHTF. Don’t let this catch you off guard. Your life and that of the ones you hold dear rely on your preparedness.