Mar 07, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Last week, we were all saddened by the destruction, injury and loss of life that hit through the South and Midwest.

And yet we were remarkably surprised at how several were able to survive.

Schoolchildren took cover under desks, people huddled in church basements; some even hid out in a bank vault!

One family even piled on top of one another for protection.

Can you possibly prepare for something like this? Depending on where we live, the weather can become violent with respect to hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.

I believe the best way to deal with what nature throws at you is to be prepared.

In regards to tornadoes, it’s always best to seek shelter in a house, office building or go into an interior room on the lowest floor. Always try to protect yourself under sturdy furniture.

If you are caught outside, lie flat in a ravine or a ditch with hands over your head. Be on the lookout for flooding.

Never try to outrun a tornado in your car.

The best way to be prepared for any type of storm is to make sure you have all your supplies stocked: batteries, flash lights, lanterns, battery operated radio, bottled water, non-perishable food, and wood to board up large windows.

Make sure you have discussed a meeting place as a survival plan with each member of your family. Stay inside and stay tuned to the latest storm information via television or radio.

A hurricane or tornado can be lethal.

Preparing and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by these storms. Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, anywhere without warning.

Protect yourself and your family. Be ready. Be prepared. Be safe.