The newest accessory for Tornadoes seems to be Helmets! I have been talking about severe storm safety for years, being prepared for a weather event, earthquake or fire seems prudent. I have talked about having clothing, food, water, sleeping gear, medications, flashlights, candles, fuel for stoves, food & medications for you pets, cash on hand, important papers in fire-proof boxes or safety deposit boxes and so much more.
But in all that time using a helmet to keep your head safe never came to mind. I never played sports, so I have not used a helmet. When I was a child, we rode bikes without helmets, played at recess without helmets and still lived through our child hood. But now there has been more and more evidence that wearing a helmet during a tornado can save your life! Wow.
Seems that most deaths or serious injuries occur when falling, flying debris hits your head. We are told to go to the basement if we have one or an inside room with no windows. But even being in our safest place, the house around us can come apart and debris starts flying. We had graphic evidence of the dangers of flying debris in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. So many people died from head injuries.
So get a helmet for everyone in the family. Bike, baseball, motorcycle, football, whatever. Put it in your safe place and wear it during any severe storm. It is the latest fashion accessory for surviving a storm! Be safe and smart. You may feel “stupid” while wearing a helmet in your safe place, but “stupid” is better than dumb and dead. Stay well and safe!