Keep in mind that recovering from a disaster, especially one of such great magnitude like the twister in Joplin, is a slow, gradual process. The most important thing is the safety and well being of those involved and directly affected.
(PRWEB) May 25, 2011
Trust GDC a locally based insurance agency and risk management provider – serving Missouri, Illinois and beyond – is constantly striving for ways in which they can better serve their clients. With the recent devastation that struck Joplin, Missouri the team at Trust GDC has compiled a comprehensive severe weather safety guide, guaranteed to educate residents as they prepare to clean up after the storm.
The recent twister brutalized the densely populated city, destroying homes, businesses and worse—taking innocent lives. It has been reported that as many as ¼ of the buildings in area have suffered major damage. With seasonal severe weather just beginning, Trust GDC has gathered some of the most critical safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in hopes that the agency can better educate their community about what to do before, during and after a potential tornado.
Things to consider: tornadoes are thought of as nature’s most violent storms; causing powerful thunderstorms, rotating funnel clouds with ruthless winds with powerful side effects such as massive hail. Before a tornado hits the wind may die down and the air may become eerily still. Tornadoes strike quickly, with an average speed of 30 MPH to 70 MPH, so being properly prepared is crucial to one’s safety and well being.
What to do before a tornado:
There are many warning signs that tend to convey a severe storm is nearby. Look for the sky to turn a dark, often a greenish shade, be weary of large hail and listen for a loud roar similar to a freight train.
What to do during a tornado:
•If you are in a structure (home, small building, shopping center, etc.) immediately seek shelter in a safe room such as a basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the building. Get as far away as possible from any windows or outside walls, if possible get under a sturdy table and protect your head.
•If you are in a vehicle get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a well-built nearby building or storm shelter.
•If you are outdoors with no shelter lie flat in a nearby ditch and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge; you are safest in a low, flat location. Be aware of your surroundings and the potential for flying debris.
Keep in mind that recovering from a disaster, especially one of such great magnitude like the twister in Joplin, is a slow, gradual process. The most important thing is the safety and well being of those involved and directly affected. Take advantage of the necessary emergency assistance outlets—direct assistance can often come from the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and countless other organizations.
About Trust GDC:
For 128 years and counting, Trust GDC has been dedicated to creating long-term relationships with its clients and companies the agency represents. Providing a combination of business strategies, insurance and risk management, with integrity and trust, has lead Trust GDC to evolve into a most well-respected Missouri insurance agency. Striving to act in their clients’ best interest through professionalism, ethical business practices and continual education, Trust GDC also serves the diverse insurance needs of Illinois and beyond.