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Hail Storm & Tornado Preparedness

Updated: Jun 25

Hail Storm Preparedness

Hailstones vary greatly in size, but even small ones — driven by gravity and strong winds — pose a danger to anything or anyone caught in a storm. As a storm approaches, put vehicles in the garage and bring pets inside. If you are outdoors, go indoors immediately.

Once you are indoors, close all drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent broken window glass and hailstones from entering your home. If possible, move to a basement, cellar, or other level of the building not directly below the roof. Stay indoors until the storm has passed.

If you are on the road during a hailstorm, stay in your vehicle and slow down or stop, as roads may become slippery. Once you have pulled over safely, turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket to protect yourself from broken glass.

Tornado Preparedness

Seek indoor shelter and stay away from outside walls. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. The lower you go, the more protected you are. Go to a basement if available. Plan and prepare ahead of time to designate your “safe place” in your home. Bottom line: Find an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

If you are in a car, drive to the closest sturdy building immediately for shelter. If you are in a remote place and are not near a building, staying inside your car is safer than just being outside by yourself. Get down in your car and cover your head. By keeping your car running, your air bags can still deploy if needed. Your vehicle is designed to keep you safe, but a sturdy building is always the BEST option. If you do not have a vehicle or must abandon your vehicle, seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or a ravine.

Contact DenSem Security at 303-961-1184 immediately if you see suspicious activity, witness a crime or feel threatened. Call 911 for emergencies, then call seminary security. Remember: “If you see something, say something!”