Reduce flying debris
- Promptly remove any debris in your yard or surrounding your business, such as tree trimmings, to reduce the risks of flying debris during high winds.
- Avoid placing yard debris in an area where it could end up in the street or near drains, which could become clogged during a thunderstorm’s heavy downpour.
- Secure any parts of fencing that appear weakened or loose. High winds can easily dislodge boards and pieces from a fence, creating flying debris.
Remove loose objects
When thunderstorms are forecast, remove loose objects outside, such as lawn furniture, signs, garbage cans, and potted plants.
Close ALL windows and doors
Close all windows, exterior doors, garage doors, and interior doors to keep out flying debris and help keep the roof on. It is a myth that you should open windows during a tornado. Openings allow air pressure to build up inside a structure like a balloon. This puts internal pressure on the roof, and once the roof fails, the entire structure can fail within seconds. Learn more.