Shut the Doors!
When the potential for tornadoes is in your forecast, keep your windows and interior doors closed. Keeping the doors closed will help keep flying debris out and help keep the roof on your home. If you keep them closed throughout the day, you will know your home is ready if a warning is issued. It is a myth that you should open windows during a tornado. Opening windows allows air pressure to build up inside your home like a balloon, putting internal pressure on the roof and increasing the chance it fails.
Avoid the Dangers of Flying Debris
High Wind Preparedness
Prepare to Evacuate
- Be prepared to evacuate and do so immediately when asked.
- Know your route, your destination, and make sure you have a full tank of fuel for your vehicle.
- Stay in contact with someone outside the hazard area.
Prepare Outside Surroundings
- Secure weak or loose fencing.
- Trim trees and shrubs away from structures and remove any weak tree sections at risk of falling onto structures.
- Move lawn furniture, toys, potted plants, garden tools and other yard objects inside; anchor heavier yard objects deep into the ground.
Protect Windows and Doors
- Close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors.
- If you have shutters, monitor weather conditions to ensure you have enough time to deploy them before the storm hits your area.
- Check doors, windows, and walls for openings where water can get in; use silicone caulk to seal any cracks, gaps, or holes – especially around openings where cables and pipes enter the house.
Reduce Water Damage Risks
- Place all appliances that are on the ground floor, including stoves, washers and dryers on masonry blocks or concrete.
- Move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels.
- Remove area rugs from floors so they won’t get wet and grow mold or mildew, especially if the property will be unattended for an extended period of time and/or if long-term power outages are a possibility.
- Put fresh batteries in sump pumps.
- Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets could possibly be under water.