Amazing Stories of Survival After Tornadoes Rip Through South, Midwest

Less than a week ago, the world caught wind of the news that tornadoes had ripped through much of the United States’ South and Midwest, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and even parts of Iowa. The deadly twisters have now accounted for more than 35 lives and that death toll is continuing to rise. In addition to the obvious and painful human loss experienced as a result of these deadly storms, property damage is accumulating with it.

While there were many lives lost during and after the storms, there are almost an equal number of survival stories. One of these stories is from a woman in Mayflower, Arkansas who, at nearly 60 years of age, stuffed more than 20 people into her storm cellar, saving them from perilous conditions outside. Adding to the incredible nature of this story is the fact that many of the people whom she invited to take shelter with her were complete strangers; people who had just pulled off the highway in order to avoid the twister’s path.

After hearing both the good and heart-wrenching sides of this most recent batch of deadly storms and tornadoes, it only makes sense that we discuss some of the tactics that can drastically improve your odds of surviving a tornado. After all, the National Weather Service has made it clear that these past few days’ tornadoes are a clear warning sign as to what many people can expect throughout the duration of the Spring/Summer.

Simple, Effective Survival Tactics

If you live in a part of the country that is even the least bit prone to the destructive nature of tornadoes, finding a safe place in your home to hide if one should touch down is of paramount importance. It is most often suggested that, if indoors, you go to the inner-most room of the house, preferably one without windows, and get as close to the ground as possible. If you are fortunate enough to have a basement or storm cellar, those are effective safe-spots as well.

Another tactic you can employ to vastly increase your chances of surviving a tornado is to protect your head by any means possible. Though Hollywood would like you to believe that most tornado victims are swept off the ground, flung into the air, and never seen again, that much simply isn’t true. In fact, one of the biggest killers isn’t the tornado itself, but rather the countless heavy objects that the tornado tosses around. In houses and especially outside, the large amount of possible metal projectiles put you, and more specifically your head, in great danger during a tornado. Some experts suggest that you keep some type of helmet (bike helmet, hardhat, etc.) in or near your house’s safe-spot as a means of protecting you and your family’s heads. It is important to note, however, that there are some people who claim that helmets can possibly do more harm than good in situations as wild and unpredictable as tornadoes.

Finally, it is highly recommended that every home should have some sort of first-aid kit in order to handle any issues that occur as a result of a destructive tornado. First-Aid kits can do a world of good while the injured person is waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.