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Tornado Safety Tips for Jackson, TN and West Tennessee

Tornado Safety Tips for Jackson, TN and West Tennessee

  • Pick a place where the family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. Make sure everyone knows where to go.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supplies kit containing:
    • First aid kit
    • Canned food and can opener
    • Battery-powered radio and flashlights ,extra batteries
    • At least 3 gallons of water
    • Protective clothing
    • Sleeping bags or blankets and pillows
    • Special items if infants, elderly or disabled family members
    • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so
    • Flashlights or glow sticks for light in your shelter
  • Conduct periodic tornado drills so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado is approaching.

When a Tornado Watch Is Issued:

  • Listen to Local radio and tv stations for further updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado Warning Is Issued:

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If you are in car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (above).

Tornado Warning Signs:

  • A sound a little like a waterfall or rushing air at first, then turning into a roar as it comes closer.
  • If you see a tornado and it is not moving to the right or to the left relative to trees or power poles, it may be moving towards you.
  • Tornados usually move from the southwest to northeast.
  • A sickly greenish or greenish black color to the sky
  • If there is a tornado warning or watch posted, then the fall of hail should be considered as a real danger.
  • A strange quiet that occurs within or shortly after the thunderstorm.
  • Clouds moving by very fast. Especially in a rotating pattern or converging toward one area in the sky.

Tornado Facts:

  • Jackson has been hit by 3 EF-4 tornados in the past 10 years.
  • Tennessee is not ranked high in number of tornados, but is ranked number 1 in the nation for the tornados we have being deadly.
  • Tornados strike with incredible velocity. Wind speeds may approach 300 miles per hour.
  • A Tornado is only a tornado if it’s in contact with the ground. Otherwise, it’s a funnel.
  • Tornados can be nearly invisible, marked only by swirling debris at the base of the funnel.
  • Most, but not all, tornados in the northern hemisphere spin counter-clockwise, or cyclonically.
  • Leave the windows alone when a tornado is coming. It’s a myth that tornados causes houses to explode due to changes of air pressure.
  • Close to 1,000 tornados are reported every year in the United States.

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