Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They are spawned from powerful thunderstorms and can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Their whirling winds can sometimes reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. Springtime in the Miami Valley is a prime time for severe storms and tornadoes.
Create a family communication plan in advance. Unless you are in immediate danger, send a text. Texts often have an easier time getting through during emergencies. Pick the same person for each family member to contact, and consider that it might be easier to reach someone who’s out of town. Store an “in-case- of-emergency" phone number in each family member’s phone in advance.