Tornadoes are more than just swirling wind. They can obviously be dangerous for people, but can also cause devastating damage to cars, homes, commercial buildings and even entire communities. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), there were 1,059 tornadoes in 2016, down 16 percent from the 1,259 in the previous year. Once the wind has died down and you’ve accounted for everyone’s safety, it’s time to inspect the aftermath and identify potential tornado damage.
Of course, you need to be sure it’s safe before you start inspecting your home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ready.gov offer some general safety precautions that can help prevent injury after a tornado and tips for entering a home that may have been damaged:
Once it’s safe to enter your home, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) recommends you focus on the following areas during your post-tornado inspection:
Taking a cautious, deliberate approach when you return to your home for inspection can help keep you and your family safer after a tornado.
Originally published April, 2014.