Subscribe to RSS

Sponsored content is written by Global News' editorial staff without any editorial influence by the sponsor.
Sponsored content is written by Global News' without any editorial influence by the sponsor. As the storm system moved east, tornado warnings remained in effect for parts of southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama.
He said there were reports of significant damage in Hattiesburg, where the tornado touched down. The university suffered damage to several buildings, but there were no reports of injuries there.
Brett Carr with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported that the three injures occurred in Marion County. A resident walks past the rubble of destroyed homes, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., on Tuesday. Sixteen minutes later, a two-kilometre-wide tornado touched down nearby before tearing through Moore, killing at least 24, reducing much of the city to rubble and flattening large swaths of land. It may not sound like a lot of time to find shelter, but the 16-minute warning likely saved many lives, said Timothy Oram, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth offices in Texas. The Storm Prediction Centre had been talking about the Oklahoma tornado for several days, he said.
Once they establish that a tornado is sure to make landfall, the National Weather Service issues a warning and sirens are sounded to alert people to turn on a television or radio to get more detailed information about the storm. People are advised to seek shelter in a basement or a safe room on the lowest level of the building they are in, Oram said.
Initially, the National Weather Service gave the Moore tornado a ranking of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale: the second most powerful category of tornado, with winds up to 320 kilometres per hour.
Longer-term warnings aren’t possible right now but researchers are working on it, Oram said. In Canada, few communities are equipped with sirens, says David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. Twenty-four-hour news channels, weather channels, radio stations and social media are extensively used to spread the word about severe weather, he said. When a tornado is coming, you have only a short amount of time to make life-or-death decisions.

Designate an area in the home as a shelter, and practice having everyone in the family go there in response to a tornado threat. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on tornadoes.
A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in your area.
An approaching cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls. If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
Mitigation includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency late Sunday for four Mississippi counties due to the impacts of severe storms and tornadoes.
University police declared a state of emergency and urged those not on campus to stay away until further notice. Randy Wright posted photographs to his Twitter account of the school, showing debris strewn on what looked to be a parking lot, and a truck upside down in a baseball diamond.
Before a tornado warning is issued, experts watch storms, thunderstorms and potentially severe weather. During the time he was talking to the Star, Oram said his office was closely monitoring at least five other storms, which could turn into more. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

Investing in preventive mitigation steps now, such as checking local building codes and ordinances about wind-resistant designs and strengthening unreinforced masonry, will help reduce the impact of tornadoes in the future. This is time to remind family members where the safest places within your home are located, and listen to the radio or television for further developments.
Another way, is having an out-of-area contact memorized beforehand.When residents are caught outdoors during a tornado and no shelter is available, they should lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other low-lying area and shield the head. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency for the metropolitan area, including the city of Moore, which was hit by a brutal storm that left 24 dead last week. Open the windows slightly, set the brakes and park off the road away from tall objects and power lines. A mobile home can overturn very easily even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. At Will Rogers World Airport, flights are stopped and passengers have been moved to underground tunnels in preparation for the storm.
When a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in a building with a strong foundation.A If shelter is not available, lie in ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the unit. If there is no basement, crouch or lie flat in an inner hallway, small inner room or stairwell, away from outer walls and windows.Flying glass and debris is one of the largest dangers during these storms. Deadly storms have hit the region in the past few days, with multiple fatalities after torrential rains in Arkansas. In an emergency, water can be retrieved from toilet tanks (not bowls) and water heaters.Residents may be asked to evacuate their homes by emergency officials before or during a disaster.
Follow all instructions from officials, take only essential items and make sure to lock up before leaving.Lastly, it is important for residents to be weather alert.
Understanding weather signs, keeping an eye on the sky and listening for severe weather warnings could make the difference.Saskatoon media outlets have access to up-to-date weather information and meteorologists.
It will be broadcasting emergency information, details, safety tips and evacuation routes.Want your weather on the go?

Emergency preparedness award pin
Planning workplace learning

Comments to «Tornado emergency planning»

  1. Ebru writes:
    Device to boil water or cook suit for important survival tips contain attention to climate situations. Begins breaking.
  2. Becham writes:
    Modest number of threats that can care and remedy.