Tornadoes are most common in the United States, particularly in the central and southern regions. The southern United States in particular is known as “Tornado Alley” due to the frequency of tornado activity in this area. However, tornadoes can occur anywhere in the country under the right conditions, so it’s important to be prepared and know what to do in the event of a tornado warning.
In terms of weather conditions that can lead to a tornado, some of the key factors include warm, moist air colliding with cooler, drier air, as well as wind shear – the change in wind direction or speed with height. When these conditions are present, it can create the necessary instability in the atmosphere for a tornado to form.
Sheltering during a tornado event is a critical safety measure that can help protect you and your loved ones from harm. Here are some instructions for sheltering during a tornado:
1. Stay alert: Keep an eye on weather reports and be aware of any tornado warnings or watches in your area. Tornadoes can form quickly, so it’s important to stay informed. Local weather channels that will keep you informed include:
2. Identify a safe location: Identify a safe location in your home or building where you can take shelter in the event of a tornado. Ideally, this should be a basement or storm cellar, but if one is not available, choose a small, windowless interior room on the lowest level of the building. Check with your local law enforcement to find community shelters that will open in the event of an emergency.
3. Prepare your shelter: Make sure your shelter area is stocked with supplies like water, food, and a first aid kit. If possible, bring a battery-powered radio or other communication device to stay informed about the tornado’s progress.
4. Take shelter: When a tornado warning is issued or you see a tornado approaching, move quickly to your designated shelter location. Stay there until the storm has passed and it is safe to emerge.
In the event that you are impacted by a Tornado, UAMS and other local agencies will post instructions and post resources to aide in your recovery.