Tornado Safety

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Central Ohioans felt concern for those in Oklahoma after tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses, as well as took the lives of several people. Right now through July is Tornado Season in Ohio, and what happened in the central United States can be used as a reminder that these catastrophic weather events can also happen here. It is beneficial to take some time to review some safety tips and have a plan in the event that a tornado warning is in effect.

Tornado Basics from the National Weather Service
Do you know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch? What does the scale  EF1 through EF5 refer to when rating a tornado? How do forecasters know there may be a tornado imminent? The National Weather Service answers these questions, and more. 

Tornadoes in Ohio
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness offers some good advice for Ohioans to follow to prepare for a tornado, which includes, most importantly, how to keep you and your family safe, as well as loss prevention, inventory and insurance tips for your home and belongings. Check out some historical statistics about tornadoes in Ohio as well.

Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed
FEMA created this easy-to-use site for preparing for all types of emergencies. The section on tornadoes has great information on what to do before, during and after a tornado, as well as other good information such as preparing an emergency kit or a safe room in advance.

Gale Science in Context: Tornadoes
Due to a combination of factors related to geology and meteorology, most tornadoes occur in the United States, about 800 per year on average, with Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas seeing them most often. Gale Science in Context, one of UAPL's premium resources, offers a compilation of encyclopedia entries, magazine articles, videos, news and more related to this topic for those interested in learning more scientific and historical information about Tornadoes.

Finally, there are ways that people in Ohio can help those affected by the tornadoes last month, as well as others who may have suffered from an emergency.

  • Governors Disaster Relief Fund - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, in coordination with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, has established this fund to assist with the long-term needs of victims devastated by the May tornadoes. 
  • Red Cross Donations - Charitable donations will help people like those affected by the tornadoes.
  • Central Ohio Blood Drives - Find out where some upcoming blood drives are in Central Ohio.