NEW JERSEY – Recent severe weather activity across parts of New Jersey emphasizes the importance of being prepared for a myriad of hazards and disasters, including damaging storms, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness said.
In particular, tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip vehicles, and send deadly debris flying through the air. While the Midwest and Southeast face a greater risk of experiencing tornadoes than other parts of the United States, they can occur anywhere and at any time, bringing intense winds potentially reaching more than 200 miles per hour, officials said.
“Planning for a tornado at home, work, and even while driving can help mitigate the impact of these dangers and ensure the safety of your family and friends,” officials said.
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness offers these key steps:
- Pay attention to weather reports and official advisories for tornado warnings and watches.
- Identify a safe location, such as a basement or small indoor room on the lowest level of a building, to seek shelter.
- Keep a properly stocked emergency kit readily available.
- Include pets in all emergency preparations.
For additional tips to stay safe before, during, and after a tornado, click here.