Spring and summer often bring about severe thunderstorms, which can often lead to tornadoes. Because tornadoes are very quick and usually come without much notice, having your plan in place will protect you and the items in your apartment.
If you live in an apartment that is on an upper floor, get to the lowest level of the building that you can immediately. Also ask your apartment leasing manager if there are any storm shelters in your apartment’s complex or building. Once you have relocated to your safe place, lie down on the floor and cover yourself up with pillows, blankets and even mattresses for protection from falling objects and debris. If a tornado does come near your apartment, please use extreme caution when exiting your home.
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July 23, 2014 by Amy VR 11 Comments It you live in an area that is vulnerable to tornadoes, you have undoubtedly heard the advice to head for your shelter or basement as a severe storm approaches.
For an entire week prior to the April 2011 storms and tornados that devastated parts of my town and Northern Alabama in general, the local weather forecasters gave us warnings. They saw the emerging weather pattern as it traveled across the country and how dangerous it would likely be. Some public spaces like churches, libraries, malls, large stores, and government buildings have storm shelters or “safe areas” built in for their employees and customers.
The reality of tornadoes, especially the stronger EF-4 and EF-5 varieties, is that anything above ground that is not a specific tornado shelter is unlikely to survive a direct hit. There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. There is a new construction technique that involves a huge inflatable balloon that is used to form the concrete roof .
Perhaps municipal building codes may be the reason as to why igloo shaped buildings are not being build in tornado prone locations. There is a mobile home park in my area that has a large dome-shaped concrete building that was built to be a tornado shelter for the resident.

At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below.
Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! Tornadoes can occur without warning and cause large amounts of damage to apartments and homes.
First and foremost, once you hear that there is a possible tornado near your apartment, or that the conditions are right for a tornado, move to shelter immediately. If your apartment’s safe place has a heavy piece of furniture, such as a large table, get under that for extra protection. Your apartment’s evacuation kit should include a portable radio, flashlight with extra batteries, credit card and cash, first aid kit, spare set of keys, personal identification and anything else of importance or of value to you. ApartmentSearch by CORT does not endorse, guarantee, or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of these facts, views, or opinions. If you don’t live on the first floor, you need to find out from your apartment manager what the tornado warning protocols are for your apartment complex.
If you are upgraded to a tornado warning, pay very close attention to the advice of the weather forecaster. Mobile homes do NOT have a “safe area.” NEVER “make the best of it” if you have a tornado warning in your area and you live in a mobile home. In each of the nine cities she lived in over the last 20 years, she faced the “storm of the century." She learned early on that being prepared was essential since natural disasters follow her. It has no sharp corners to cause the swirling wind to impose powerful mechanical forces on to the structure. If you live in a high-rise apartment building, you may not have enough time to get to a lower level, so picking a place in the hallway in the center of your building is the best idea.
Having all of this together near your apartment’s safe place will save you time and worry during a tornado threat. ApartmentSearch by CORT specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from facts, views, or opinions of individuals or organizations not affiliated with ApartmentSearch by CORT appearing on this Site.

Many storms won’t give that much warning, but staying weather aware will give you enough lead time (usually hours at least) to enact your pre-determined tornado plan. Speak to a manager ahead of time and ask them what their policy is for allowing members of the public to use their location. For whatever reason you decide to stay put, you need to make a plan to stay as safe as possible. You are more likely to encounter a survivable, less destructive tornado, and the difference between walking away from it and suffering an injury or death can be as simple as choosing the safest place in your home to weather the storm. According to the National Weather Service, people who reside in apartments should have a storm plan laid out to avoid injury or death. A closet, bathroom or interior hall without windows is the safest spot in your apartment during a tornado.
Finally, remember to take pictures of damage to your apartment’s property for your insurance claim. I have worked too many response and recovery events after tornadoes to be mistaken about what can happen to a mobile home that is hit by a tornado. If you hear the words “Tornado Emergency” for your area, that means a tornado is actively on the ground. Keep in mind that tornadoes can happen in the middle of the night and public buildings are unlikely to be open and available. You should be bracing for the tornado in your safe place, NOT outside taking a tornado selfie!
Had the tornado’s path intersected with the mobile home like it had the brick home, it would have been gone.
I’ll man the fort, and if I croak, at least it won’t be because i ran like a scared mouse and abandoned my responsibilities!

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