Tornado warnings scheduled for this morning in two New Jersey counties were lifted although heavy rains and flash flood warnings and watches continue for New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and other areas on the East Coast through the afternoon. Weather experts are now investigating whether an actual tornado did indeed touch down in New Jersey. Because it seems that we are not just in Kansas anymore and twisters can occur anywhere, we think we should review what one should do if a tornado warning or watch if called for your neighborhood and area.
1) Get those emergency supplies together including food, water, batteries, flashlights, road maps, important papers and documents and fill your car tank with gasoline. Also, as power is likely to go out, make sure to have mobile phones charged.
2) Get thy to a shelter quickly. The best places to go are into a basement, a first-floor interior room or hallway.
3) Do not go near windows. If you need additional protection, try to get yourself underneath a large, solid piece of furniture.
4) Try to avoid going in your car or a mobile home as both provide little protection from a tornado’s strength.
5) If you are caught outside during a tornado, lay flat on a depression or low ground and wait for the storm to pass.