Tornadoes can devastate lives and property. Tornadoes generally result when two storm or win systems come into contact with each other causing rotation in the air. The rotation can spin even hundreds of miles per hour picking up everything along the way and slamming these things together. A tornado can rip apart a house into boards and wood then destroy the next house with the flying debris of the first.

Tornado Ranking:

Tornados are ranked on the Fujita Scale from Weak to catastrophic. A weak Tornado might only involve sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, while a catastrophic tornado may include winds over 200 miles per hour. When a “tornado warning” is announced, a tornado has actually been spotted.

Before the Tornado:

Take all the reasonable steps you can to document your tornado damage by safely photographing and even videotaping the results. Save all your documentation including receipts and inventories of damaged property. Be sure you have pictures of all the damaged property inside the home too. If you are uncertain about the safety of your roof or structure, do not place yourself in harm’s way; instead, hire a contractor or contact a professional Public Adjuster.

NHC Recommends you take the following steps to prepare for a tornado…

Tornado Safety Actions – Homes

  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
  • When a tornado watch is issued, be prepared to take action.
  • When a tornado warning is issued, or a tornado is imminent, move to a small interior room away from windows.
  • Consider constructing a tornado safe room in or adjacent to your home.


Tornado Safety Actions – Mobile and Manufactured Homes

  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Have a plan of where to go during a tornado threat—a nearby pre-identified safe structure within walking distance.
  • When a tornado watch is issued, be prepared to take action.
  • When conditions warrant, move to the pre-identified safe structure.
  • If you live in a mobile or manufactured home park, get together with other residents and the park owner/manager to designate safe shelter areas in the park or community.

Tornado Safety Actions – Offices, Condominiums and Hotels

  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
  • When action is required, take shelter in an interior hallway on a lower floor, closet or small room.
  • As a last resort, get under heavy furniture, away from windows.

After the Tornado:

If your property has been damaged by a tornado, filing your insurance claim can be a nightmare of waiting, inventory lists, photographs, and forms, and paperwork…But you are not alone.

There are also professional licensed public adjusters who are ready to help you find all the hidden damage, document everything, and help you deal with the Insurance Company. 1-800-ADJUSTERS is a valuable resource to secure a Public Adjuster to help you resolve your property damage claim.