No, this is not a joke. There is such a thing as “tornado fashion.” It is a term that is used to describe the different articles of clothing people should wear when tornadoes are in their area. These items of clothing may help save your life during and after a tornado.
Helmets – Wearing helmets during a tornado will help keep you safe. Head injuries are greatly reduced by helmets. Whether it is a bicycle helmet, football helmet or another type of helmet, wearing one is a wise fashion choice. Discount stores and sporting good stores will have a wide selection for you.
Safety Goggles – Safety goggles should be worn during a tornado. This will help protect your eyes from flying debris, dirt and other items tornadoes swirl around. Safety glasses can be purchased at discount stores and home improvement stores. Safety goggles can be worn over regular glasses.
Long-Sleeved Shirts – Everyone should wear long-sleeved shirts during a tornado. They will help protect your arms from flying debris. Should you have to dig yourself out from under something, a long shirt will help protect your arms from scratches that can lead to infections.
Long Pants – Those in the path of a tornado should wear long pants. Long pants will protect your legs from flying and falling debris. Heavier material, such as denim, is a good option.
Hard-Sole Shoes – Hard-sole shoes are also a fashion must during a tornado. When you emerge from your storm shelter, there is no telling what you may have to walk through – broken glass, boards with nails and sharp pieces of wood. Hard-sole shoes will protect your feet from whatever you might have to walk on after the tornado.
Layers – Remember to layer your clothing, adding a water-proof top layer. This will help keep you warm and dry in your shelter. Once out of your storm shelter, the layers will also protect you from the elements and whatever you may have to dig and push your way through.
Something as simple as the clothing you have on may help save your life during a tornado and it’s aftermath. There is usually quite a bit of warning before tornadoes touch down, so there is time to make sure you are properly dressed. If not, keep these items of clothing in your cellar, basement or safe room so you can change clothes. Although these clothes may not be the most fashionable things to wear, they will help make it possible for you to get all decked out at a later date by saving your life.