Tornado Safety at Home – Missouri StormAware

In terms of safety during a tornado its the last thing you want to have.

Big windows like this are easily broken debris comes flying in.

Meteorologist Jim Kramper is on a different kind of home tour.

He and Tim Diemler of Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency are not interested in furnishings or style, but in safety during a tornado.

If you’re threatened by a tornado, this is the obvious place to go.

For the National Weather Service meteorologist, tornado safety means one place the basement of this Mid-Missouri house.

Your chance of survival in a strong tornado goes up 10-fold if you’re underground in a basement, if you’re not, it’s really risky.

Kramper says the lower you are in a building, the greater your protection because a tornado is a column of very rapidly rotating air.

Trees, buildings and other ground structures create friction, slowing down the tornado’s destructive air rotation.

So you can have windows breaking in the top level, roofs flying off in the upper level of a building and down below that window's not that strong it didn’t even break a window.

But Kramper recommends doing more than just getting to the basement.

Create additional protection by getting under the stairs and perhaps even enclosing the stairwell.

That way, if debris does come flying in you’ve got some extra shelter of the stairs overhead, enclosed area, and you've got a pretty good chance of being very safe and sound.

But what do you do if the house does not have a basement? Kramper’s search returns to the next lowest level of the house, and he’s looking for interior rooms.

As you can see, we've got a nice solid wall here and a little bit of a hallway, but right next to the front door.

If that door fails, debris can fly right into this hallway, so this would not be a good place to go.

As we go in this little area, we’ve got some possibilities I think that will work very well.

We’ve got a small interior bathroom here, fully enclosed.

Be a good place to go, and then, if you had to, you've got a closet right here under this stairwell.

Again, you could fit at least two, maybe three people could hide in this closet under the stairwell that would be a very good place to go.

Kramper also recommends turning up the television for the latest storm information, or using a NOAA Weather alert radio.

that you can take the NOAA radio with you to your home’s shelter area.

So you can listen to that and keep up to date, know when the storms has moved by, know where the latest warnings are.

Ideally, take the radio to the basement, and if there is no basement, remember to put as many walls as possible between yourself and the tornado.

It’s all part of being Storm Aware.

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