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Did you know that tornadoes can spin off from hurricanes? This means we have another month of potential tornadoes since hurricane season doesn't end until November.
It’s a good time to remind everyone of important safety factors when dealing with storms.
Always shelter in a room that has no windows - ideally in the center of the house. If you have space under a staircase, that is a good place to gather the family during a storm.
Don’t open windows during a tornado. It may seem intuitive, but there is a false rumor going around that open windows equalize the pressure in your house. This isn’t true. Keep windows and doors closed to avoid flying debris.
If you are driving when a tornado warning is issued, try to get off the road and into a building as soon as possible. Do not park your car under an overpass – high winds could cause it to collapse. Do not try to outrun the tornado while driving – it is best to get out of your car in case it is picked up by the storm. If there isn’t a building to shelter in, then find a ditch far away from items that can fly through the air. Lie down as flat as you can and put your arms over your head and face.
When storms hit, make sure you watch for weather updates related to tornado activity in your area. Charge your phone and get ready to shelter in place if needed. In the unfortunate case that your home sustains damage from a storm, SERVPRO of North Garland is here to help and can be there within 1-4 hours to assess the situation and begin mitigation.