Surviveware put together a list of common tornado-related injuries that one is likely to sustain during or after this life-changing phenomenon hits a county. It contains some necessary information on how one should manage such accidents and what should be available in their first aid kits. Here are some of the injuries that are brought forth by the onslaught of a tornado:
Cuts, Wounds, and Lacerations
Tornadoes bring about strong, violent winds that can uproot trees, lift heavy objects, and destroy houses. With these items being hurled at deadly speeds, it’s possible to get hit by these flying objects.
It’s also possible to get into an accident after a tornado. Shards of broken glass, as well as rough and torn wood and metal, can injure unsuspecting people as they clean up debris. Thus, it’s important to have antiseptic, bandages of varying sizes, and cotton wool to help patch up a wounded individual.
Concussions and Broken Bones
With these threats in mind, having a set of supplies for handling concussions and broken bones is a must. Cold compresses, splints, and triangular bandages are necessary components of your first aid kit.
Splinters, Sprains, Bruises
Apart from debilitating and life-threatening injuries, minor splinters, sprains, and bruises can hinder a person from performing his/her duties after a tornado. Therefore, you should also pay attention to these minor discomforts. Your kit should contain ice packs, splinter kits, and creams that can help alleviate the pain and speed up recovery.
Strong winds can topple water tanks and containers, and rip apart plumbing systems. Tornados may also bring heavy rains. These incidents can cause water to collect in pits, holes, and other hollow spaces. Stagnant water serves as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other critters. As such, apart from removing these spawning areas, it’s essential to pack some sting relief wipes, and insect repellent lotions- all-natural or DEET is up to you.
The key to minimizing the impact of a tornado is constant vigilance and thoughtful preparation. Building your emergency kit with a fully-functional first aid kit is crucial if you live in an area frequently visited by tornadoes.
For more tips on tornado preparedness, click this link for Surviveware’s preparation guidelines.