American Red Cross Issues New Tornado Guidelines For Truckers, Provides Free App

Although they can happen at any time of the year, Tornado season usually runs from March through August. Most occur in the afternoon or evening. According to research from The Trucker’s Report, the United States, on average, experiences roughly 100,000 thunderstorms each year. Of these, about 1,000 develop into tornadoes. A look at this Youtube Video of a truck flying in the air is a good reminder of what a tornado can do to a tractor-trailer. Youtube Video:

Taking Cover: Red Cross Issues New Guidelines

Part of being safe is being prepared and knowing how to take precautions. The following are the updated American Red Cross guidelines for tornado alerts and warnings.

1.) Identify how wide the Tornado is and where it’s going.

2.) If it’s coming AT YOU (looks like it’s sitting still) or touches down ON TOP OF YOU: STOP! Then, while staying in your vehicle, duck BELOW the dashboard and put (or leave) your seat belt on. This especially holds true for drivers who have newer trucks with driver’s side SRS/air bag systems… the air bag will help protect you.

3.) If it’s crossing the road IN FRONT OF YOU, stop your vehicle and get into a ditch BEHIND where you park.

4.) If it’s chasing your trailer, treat it like a steer tire blowout: Step ON the accelerator, Steer as necessary and get yourself out of it’s path.

Keep in mind that the safest place is always a building, such as a sturdy house or office building with a basement or tornado cellar. If that is not an option, you may be able to find shelter at a truck stop inside a deep freezer, shower room, rest room or under a counter. Make sure to run for the main building if a tornado approaches a truck stop.

Types of Tornadoes

It’s safe to say that most have heard the category listings for tornadoes. For each category, however, a certain amount of damage can be predicted. Here is a listing from The Trucker’s Report that highlights the type of damage usually associated with grade.

  • F-0 has wind speeds of up to 40-72 miles per hour. Frequently causes broken tree branches and roof damage.
  • F-1 has wind speeds of 73-112 mph. Will overturn mobile homes.
  • F-2 has wind speeds of 113-157 mph. Expect mobile homes to be demolished and trees to be uprooted.
  • F-3 has wind speeds of 158-205 mph. Trains and cars will be overturned.
  • F-4 reaches wind speeds of 207-260 mph. Buildings and walls will be leveled.
  • F-5 reaches wind speeds of 261-318 mph. Usually catastrophic damage. Homes and trucks can be carried considerable distances.
  • Help When You Need It

    Should you experience inclement weather, such as a tornado, Millis Transfer will be there to help. Your safety is always a priority with us. It’s also why we offer modernized equipment and the kind of driver support that helps you through the most challenging conditions.

    Along with a dedicated staff at Millis Transfer, there are also a number of apps for your cell phones, such as the one offered through the American Red Cross. It provides early warning alerts and helpful information like step-by-step instructions on what to do if cell towers or TVs are down.

    Get The Free App

    With the American Red Cross app, an alert will be sent to the driver, even if the app is closed, helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through a tornado. Anyone can download the free Red Cross tornado app by texting “GETNADO” to 90999 or by searching for “Red Cross Tornado” in the Apple App Store or Google Play. There’s also apps for hurricane, flood, earthquakes, and more.

    The app from the American Red Cross is just one of many options, growing in scale and popularity. There’s a long list of weather apps, some free of charge and some with a subscription fee, available online, that originate from places like NOAA and the Weather Channel. Most offer alerts and are full of information on how and when to take cover.

    When a tornado is coming, you have only a short amount of time to make important decisions. Advance planning and quick responses are often key to surviving. At Millis Transfer, we work diligently to help provide assistance you need. With some of the best equipment and driver support you can count on, Millis Transfer drivers are safer and more secure in times of crisis. And with apps like the one from the American Red Cross, drivers and their families have even more access to information that will help keep them safe in inclement weather conditions.

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