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Tornado Preparedness in Norton Shores

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado hitting ground Tornado preparedness is key this season.

In Norton Shores, tornadoes mostly occur in the months of April, May, June, and July.  The average tornado is grounded for less than 10 minutes and travels about 5 miles.  A typical tornado as it touches the ground averages 200 to 400 yards, averaging winds of 71-125 mph in Michigan.  Use the following tips to learn how to prepare for a tornado and to keep you, your loved ones, and property protected this season.

Tornado Warning Signs

Tornadoes can form without much warning.  Make sure to stay alert and pay attention when a tornado watch or warning is issued in your area.  If you see any of the following signs, take shelter immediately:

  • A funnel cloud
  • Roaring noises
  • Dark skies, potentially tinted green
  • Debris
  • Hail

Tornado Safety Preparation Tips

Properly preparing your home for disaster is one of the easiest ways to keep your family safe in case of a tornado.  The following are some key tips:

  • Designate a safe room - this area can be a storm cellar, a basement, or a room on the lowest level of your home without any windows, such as a closet.
  • Put essentials in your safe room - have an emergency kit full of food, water, important documents, and life-saving supplies readily available in your safe room.
  • Remove outdoor items - debris, dead trees, and furniture are likely to get picked up by the wind and thrown into your home.  Secure or remove as many outdoor items on your property as possible.
  • Contact your insurance agent - it is important to understand what kind of damage is and is not covered under your homeowner's insurance.

Have damage after a storm?  Call SERVPRO of Muskegon, we are Here to Help, 231-733-7601

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