The Safest Place to Ride Out a Night Time Tornado is in Your Bed

Fewer things can cause more terror than be awakened to the sound of a roaring night time tornado. Nocturnal tornadoes are the deadliest. In recent decades, there have been remarkable strides in predicting and warning of approaching tornadoes. In fact, fatalities from daytime tornadoes have decreased. However, deaths and injuries from nocturnal tornadoes have actually increased chances of fatality by 2.5 times, according to a recent study by Northern Illinois University. They strike under the cover of darkness while people are in their most vulnerable state.


"Nocturnal tornadoes are particularly dangerous for several reasons," says Dr. Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel. "One is that it’s nearly impossible to see the tornado coming, so getting and heeding warnings is crucial. Another is that people are often asleep and caught unaware. People are usually at home, often in structures that are not as sturdy as their place of work. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable."

U.S. nocturnal (defined as from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. CST) tornadoes (F/EF1 or stronger) by month from 1953-2015. 

(NOAA/SPC via the National Weather Association)

Life Lift Shelter Beds 

Our innovative Vortex Vault Shelter Beds, as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, offer the greatest breakthrough for protection for these deadly nighttime Tornadoes. As soon as you are alerted, simply roll out of bed and crawl under your bed into a storm shelter that meets FEMA standards to protect you from even the strongest EF5 tornado. Some communities do not have adequate warning systems. If you are awakened by the roar of the actual cyclone, simply roll off your mattress under your bed for immediate protection. If predictions are high for tornadoes that night before you go to sleep. some people even make plans to sleep inside their shelter. 

Why Night Tornadoes are Deadly

Most people turn off their devices for sleeping, so even if a weather alarm sounds—they may not hear it. You cannot depend on warning sirens because they were designed to warn people who are outside. You are not connected with friends or family to warn one another because everyone is asleep. Meteorologists still depend on Spotters to warn when they see tornadoes or developing conditions. Spotters cannot see at night. Tornadoes can touch down in the dark without warning while you are at home. Many homes do not offer the same protection as a stronger work structure. Many more deaths occur when tornadoes touch down at night. That’s why special precautions need to be taken to be prepared for nocturnal tornadoes.

Percent of each state's tornadoes from 1950 through 2005 that occurred at night. 

(Adapted from Ashley et al. 2008)(NOAA/SPC via the National Weather Association)

How to Protect Your Family from Nocturnal Tornadoes 

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can save lives. When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning—the system looks to see which cell phone towers are included in the warning. All cell phone towers within the warning send out an instant emergency alert to WEA-enabled devices. The annoying alert will wake you up so you can take immediate shelter. There is often not as much warning at night so you can rest assured when you have a Life Lift Shelter Bed right underneath you. Make sure to stock your Life Lift Shelter Bed with a working flashlight and shoes to protect bare feet from tornado damage. 


Life Lift Systems is dedicated to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Rest assured our Shelter Beds are the most effective protection against deadly night tornadoes.