Tornado Safety In Illinois
The spring 2016 storm season here in Illinois lived up to its reputation, with several major storm systems that included hail, lightning, damaging winds, and tornadoes. Fortunately, the Naperville and Aurora area did not experience tornadoes, but the Illinois towns of Pontiac and Ottawa were hit by several which caused significant destruction and injuries.
The off season is the best time to prepare for severe storms. Is your home and family tornado-ready for the 2017 season?
Illinois Has A Reputation For Severe Storm Weather
Did you know that Illinois ranks 6th in the country for most tornadoes per 10,000 square miles? The majority of tornadoes hit Illinois between April 1 and June 30, and on average, Illinois sees 46 tornadoes each year.
Prior to this year, the last violent tornado was November 2013 when the small rural town of Washington was flattened by severe storms and tornadoes. Residents are still recovering from hail, wind and storm damage and rebuilding their community with home restoration and new construction
. The impact of that storm reached far and wide, even affecting downtown Chicago and causing the evacuation of 60,000 fans out of Soldier Field.
Do You Know When A Tornado Is Coming?
When severe weather threatens, it’s important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- A tornado watch means that weather conditions are ideal for a tornado TO DEVELOP.
- A tornado warning means a tornado has actually been SIGHTED.
In either case, always track the storm by listening to your local radio station. In the event your local radio station also goes out, a battery-operated weather radio will provide nonstop forecasts and alerts directly from the NOAA National Weather Service
Staying Safe In A Tornado
If you are indoors, take shelter in the basement or lowest level. If there is no basement, go to an interior room with no windows such as a closet, bathroom or under a staircase. The goal is to find the smallest place possible, the furthest away from windows and outer walls. If you have time, grab bike helmets, blankets and pillows to protect your body from falling debris.
If you are outside without access to a building, find a ditch or ravine and lie on the ground as flat as possible. ALWAYS protect your head and neck by using your arms no matter where you are sheltering.
A tornado preparedness plan is essential, especially for homes with small children. Having supplies packed and in your safe room before a storm threatens
can be critical to your survival. Learn how to plan ahead and pack a tornado safety kit here
After A Storm, Call ProTek Construction In Naperville
Once a storm passes and it's safe to leave your shelter, you'll want to quickly assess your home for storm damage. If you have significant damage that has exposed your home and family to the elements, it's important to call a contractor as soon as possible to temporarily protect your home until repair plans are made.
ProTek Construction in Naperville serves the Chicago area suburbs with fast, reliable storm restoration services. Call us for a free estimate at (331) 444-7380. Mention code TORNADO10
to receive a 10% discount on any approved home exterior project.