RVing – Severe Weather Tips

Tornado Tips and Severe Weather Info for RVers  Ok! Here are some Tornado Tips. There’s one thing we have learned from living in a tornado alley. “Tornadoes always go after mobile homes parks.” Does that include campgrounds? We don’t know!….Probably! Actually, making light of tornadoes when you live in tornado alley is a somewhat sick way […]

Tornado Tips and Severe Weather Info for RVers

 Ok! Here are some Tornado Tips. There’s one thing we have learned from living in a tornado alley. “Tornadoes always go after mobile homes parks.” Does that include campgrounds? We don’t know!….Probably! Actually, making light of tornadoes when you live in tornado alley is a somewhat sick way of keeping your sanity in tornado seasons.

Of course, tornadoes are no joking matter. And there are no hard and fast rules for how tornadoes behave. But there are things you can do if you are prepared.   We lived most of our lives in Alabama. Tornadoes are part of life all across the south, the mid-west, and the western plains. First of all, no matter how big and robust your motorhome or camper is, it is no match for even a small tornado.

Prepare

Purchase a good weather radio or find good weather apps that track storms for your smart phone. You need to KNOW where the storms are and the projected paths. In the height of tornado season, always check to see if a campground has a tornado shelter or a good solid structure for you to go to if a warning is issued. Many do. You need to know where the shelter is and how quickly you can get to it.

If no shelter is available at the campground and a tornado outbreak is expected, pull in all of your slides to protect the slide covers from wind and check into a motel. Preferably get a room on the ground floor. Follow the facility’s instructions in the event of a warning, however you can’t rely on the hotel switchboard to let you know in a timely manner when it’s time to move to the center hallway on the ground floor. Unfortunately there are still many motels that have to call room by room to inform guests of an emergency. A tornado can be over and into another county by the time your phone call is received. Plan ahead. Use your own weather alert system. Your weather radio or your phone app alert will let you know of a tornado long before your phone rings in many cases. The front desk people do the best they can with the technology available to them. Many motels and hotels have installed a warning system that alerts everyone instantly at the time the alert becomes active.   More of these systems are needed.

Move Out If You Can

The second is to keep an eye on weather patterns and move out of the area if a severe weather pattern is coming and you can find a good path around it. There ARE advantages to being able to hook up and go! This doesn’t mean you can wait until a tornado is on the ground heading in your direction. You should never try to outrun an active tornado. But if a severe weather pattern is expected tomorrow and you can safely leave and get around the front today, then consider doing so. Watch weather patterns ahead of time. Become your own amateur meteorologist and be informed in time to act. Sometimes the unexpected happens and you find yourself with no place to go. But often the weather services can predict bad weather patterns a day or two ahead. That is often plenty of time to move to another area.

Severe Weather – Tornado Tips Sites

Follow the link below to learn some good tornado tips for safety.

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

And if you find yourself in Alabama during tornado season, here is my most trusted weather professional.  James Spann is a seasoned professional meterologist, and is passionate about keeping persons in his coverage area informed.

http://www.alabamawx.com/

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