While the Lousiana tornado season should be ending soon, there is still time for a tornado to damage your home.

Your first thought in a tornado should be your safety and that of your family. Houses can be rebuilt and replaced; people cannot.

These are some tips to keep you safe if a tornado is on its way:

  • Go somewhere safe: A solid building is ideal, in one of the interior rooms.
  • Stay low: The lower, the better, if you are under the ground, that is even better.
  • Stay away from glass: Tornados smash windows, stay away from them.
  • Do not rely on your car: Small kids in foul moods pick up toy cars and throw them across the room. A tornado can do the same with a real car, with you inside it.
  • Dress for the occasion: Cover yourself as best as you can, and if you have a helmet, wear it. Even if you avoid flying debris, once you come out of hiding, the danger is not over. You may have to walk over broken glass, splintered wood and nails, so shoes are vital.

If a tornado has damaged your property, you will face considerable costs, not to mention emotional stress. It is important to consult a local Metairie attorney, with experience in similar cases. They can help you get the insurance payout you are entitled to, which is not something you can trust the insurance companies to willingly do for you, despite the high premiums you pay.