So far in 2017, more than 39 people have been killed by tornadoes. More than half of the deaths have occurred in mobile homes.This year has already had more tornado-related deaths than all of last year. Tornadoes are one of mother nature’s most devastating disasters. With the United States positioned in prime territory for these twisting terrors, the National Climatic Data Center estimates we receive an average of 1,000 tornadoes a year. Most of these tornadoes are small, causing little to no damage. Some, however, cause extreme damage and often kill a lot of people.
The safest place to be when a tornado approaches is in a basement or storm shelter underground. A common belief is that since most tornadoes in the U.S. travel from west-southwest to east-northeast, the southwest side of the basement is the safest place to hide out. Joe Eagleman of the University of Kansas studied the wreckage of an EF5 Topeka tornado and concluded that if you had a full basement, the northeast corner was the safest place to be and the south side the most dangerous. Why? External debris knocked down southern walls and blew in through south-facing basement windows; when winds shifted the whole house to the northeast, the southwest corner of the basement was where the upper stories fell in.
Basements can be dangerous regardless. An Iowa couple took cover in an all-concrete “tornado room” they’d built in their basement only to have the wind rip away the eight-inch-thick slab that served as its ceiling. Their pickup truck was then flung into the basement, flattening their pool table but leaving the remains of the bunker (and them) unharmed.
The one thing to remember when taking shelter in your basement or underground shelter, someone needs to know you are there. Those who have safe rooms, or any other kind of tornado shelter, should register them with the local fire department to help with rescue in case the entrance(s) are blocked by debris. The video above illustrates just how helpful Justifeyed can be when you are covered in debris and need help. The woman still had her phone, and had those good Samaritans not been there to help her, Justifeyed could have still provided her with a connection to loved ones and emergency personnel. Give it some thought, times are changing and we need to be prepared.
Crime is just one of the things you need to be protected from, mother nature will sometimes throw curve balls towards you and you need to know what to do and how to do it when this happens. Justifeyed will alert you when bad weather is near you and will give you instructions on what to do. Justifeyed can provide emergency personnel with your location and provide a face to face connection so they know what's happening and if you are danger. Emergency personnel needs to be able to find you if your injured or stuck. In that time Justifeyed will give you information, connection and protection when you need it most.