Tornado Tips from SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio
It is important to understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning to help protect you and loved ones.
When a tornado watch is issued, this means a tornado is possible in the area.
When a tornado warning is issued, this means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed toward your area.
Tornadoes are dangerous and can be spawned by a thunderstorm or produced as a result of a hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, studies show that more than half of the landfalling hurricanes produce at least one tornado. If a tornado strikes your home or area, know what to do. SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has provided a few tips to help keep our community safe!
- Wait for an all-clear announcement from the National Weather Service or local news before leaving your home, business, or shelter.
- Be very cautious and on the watch for downed utility lines. Do not approach or touch downed utility lines.
- Check water heater and appliances for damage. For safety purposes, use a flashlight, not matches or candles.
- Use bottled water or boil tap water before drinking until you are told the water supply is safe.
- Driving may be hazardous due to debris in the streets, downed power lines, and flooding. If flooding is a potential hazard, stay away from the rivers and streams.
- Inspect car, home, or business both inside and outside for damage. List any damages that you can find and document the damages with pictures if possible.
- Walk through your home or business and conduct an inventory of damaged items and belongings.