Tornado Preparedness – Mental Preparation Before The Storm

Tropical Storm Karl, Hurricanes Igor and Julia

You Know It’s Coming . . .

Anticipation of something bad happening is very often worse than the actual event, and anticipating the arrival of a major tornado can be an extremely distressing time for those who live in the tornadoes path.  There are so many things to think about, the potential harm to your loved ones and your property, what if you need to be evacuated, what about your work, your financial situation. It’s little wonder that people who are “waiting for the tornado” go through feelings of anxiety, stress and fear. Don’t worry, it’s pretty normal, but it does help if you recognize these emotional signs and take steps to be prepared for them.

Here’s what you can do in order to make sure that you are mentally prepared to deal with whatever the tornado may throw at you . . . in a manner of speaking!

How To Stay Emotionally Strong When a Tornado is Coming

  • Have a plan – there are plenty of plan ideas on the rest of these pages so make sure that you have tornado emergency plans in place – once you know in your head that you are as prepared as you can possibly be then you will be less likely to become anxious. Plan for yourself, your family, your pets, your property . . . “fail to prepare and prepare to fail” . . . I know that wasn’t particularly about tornadoes, but I’ve borrowed it anyway, it seems to fit in quite nicely.
  • Get the facts – you’ll probably be inundated by bits of information coming at you in all directions, but make sure that you get reliable information from a credible source, and don’t listen to those who seem to focus on the destruction and damage caused by hurricanes. It’s a bit like watching “The Perfect Storm” just before heading out on a fishing trip isn’t it . . . totally inappropriate.
  • Stay healthy – a healthy body can cope with potentially disastrous situations and enable you to make the right type of decisions and deal with the uncertainties which will be thrown at you. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest and regular exercise, it really can make a difference.
  • Help your children – reassure your children that you are completely prepared to deal with the oncoming hurricane and that plans are in place to cover all eventualities. Keep them updated on the latest news and information, and try to keep them to their usual routine as much as possible. Keep calm and those around you will be calm too.
  • Be upbeat and positive – maintaining a hopeful outlook can help to keep your spirits, and the spirits of those around you firmly up. Remember, you are not alone, the federal government, the state government and lots of disaster services are all on alert and things will work out okay – hopefully.

There’s a lot of truth in the thought that you should only worry about the things you can do something about, not the things you can’t have any control over, and as long as you have done everything possible to prepare for a tornado, then you can do no more.

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