Are you aware that tornadoes and severe weather events across the state of Minnesota bring all sorts of destruction every year?

Tornadoes are strong wind storms that have the ability to take a railway car and lift it off the tracks, throwing it a long distance from where it originally sat. If a tornado can do that to a heavy railway car, imagine what it can do to cars, homes, etc. With tornadoes you can expect shattered glass, uprooted trees and damaged roofs.

In the state of Minnesota, it’s not unusual for tornadoes to happen every single month during a year… with June and July being the most likely months a person in Minnesota might experience one. In general, between May and July is when you could expect a tornado to hit your house in and around East Bethel, MN, where Arko Companies is located.

Most destructive tornadoes are outbursts that last from six to twelve hours. One tornado can cause plenty of damage. Imagine if a region experienced more than a dozen all in one day… well, that happened in Minnesota in the past, and can happen again. Any time you get between 12 and 48 tornadoes in a region, expect widespread destruction!

If you think a tornado might hit your house, what should you do?

1. Leave the structure. Go back to your house once authorities declare it is safe to do so.

2. Use your telephone just for emergency calls.

3. Get rid of bleaches, gasoline or other combustible solutions instantly– they need to be far removed from the property… Stay out of structures if you smell gas or chemicals.

4. Shut down your utilities if possible.

5. Check for gas leakages.

If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, open a window and swiftly get out of the building. Switch off the gas at the outside key valve if you can and contact the gas company from a neighbor’s residence (or using your cell phone). If you turn off the gas for any reason, Hire a Fire Restoration Expert from Arko Companies to professionally turn it back on safely.

6. Look for electrical system damage.

If you detect flashes of light or ruined/tattered wires, or if you smell hot insulation, switch off the electricity at the central fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to walk through water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, contact an electrician first for proper instruction so you don’t get electrocuted.

7. Inspect for drainage and water line destruction.

If your gutter lines/drains are broken, stop using toilets and contact a plumber. If water lines are impaired, call a Professional Water Restoration Service. Until the problems are fixed, stop using water from the faucet. You can get safe water by dissolving ice cubes.

If and when a tornado hits your house in or around East Bethel, MN, please call Arko Companies for help in fixing what’s broken… our number is 763-434-2756.