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The Best Place in Your Home to Be During a Tornado

by Greg Watson 07/27/2022

Even small tornadoes can be dangerous. That's why it's important to have a plan for staying safe if one should appear in your area. If you're at home, there are several places you can take shelter from the strong winds and flying debris. Here are the best places at home to be during a tornado:

Head for the Basement

The safest place to be during a tornado is underground. If your home has a basement or cellar, that should be the first place you plan to go to take shelter. Make sure you have a stock of emergency supplies, blankets and other things to help you stay safe and comfortable while waiting out the storm underneath your house.

Shelter in Your Bathroom

If you don't have a basement, the next best place to be in your house is an interior bathroom. A bathroom might be more cramped, but if it doesn't share any outside walls or have windows, it can be a safe alternative to going underground. The more walls you can put between you and the tornado, the better.

Avoid Upper Floors

While sheltering in an upstairs windowless room might be tempting, you should still avoid the upper floor if your house has multiple stories. Even without windows, the upper parts of the home can sustain more damage from winds and flying debris, so you're better off downstairs in another room.

Beware Falling Furnishings

Think about what might be in the rooms directly above you. Avoid sheltering underneath heavy furnishings like pianos or wardrobes that could fall through the ceiling. You should also be aware of the furnishings in your chosen sheltering spot and remove anything hanging from the walls for safety.

Take Cover

When in doubt, take cover under something sturdy like a dining table or desk. Using soft layers like pillows, blankets and even mattresses can help create a buffer against debris. No matter where you take shelter in your home, staying vigilant and following your disaster plan will help you handle a tornado.

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Greg Watson

Hi, I'm Greg Watson your favorite Northwest Florida Realtor. I have been a teacher and coach for 21 years and have been at Crestview High School in Crestview, FL for 10 years teaching P.E. and coaching boys basketball. In 2019, we were the Class 7A State Champions! I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and went to college to play basketball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I moved to the Emerald Coast 10 years ago and I absolutely love it. This will be my home forever. I am excited about helping you find your next home here or selling your home for you. I am a hard worker and will do everything I can to help you with your needs. I am excited about this opportunity and I ask that you give me a chance. You won't regret it!