Tornado safety guidelines: be ready before the storm

Tornado safety guidelines: be ready before the storm

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TORNADO SAFETY GUIDELINES

Your best defense against a tornado is to have a safety plan, pay attention to your local weather information, and act quickly if a tornado threatens you. Your chances of surviving even the strongest tornado are excellent if you follow these basic guidelines, even if no safe room or underground shelter is available.


BEFORE:

•    Develop a severe weather safety plan.  Consider what actions you would take at home, work, school, or commuting.  Make sure you and your family understands where to go to stay safe in a tornado.  Practice the plan.  Do it now – don't wait until storms are forecast!

•    Your safety depends on you being aware of the latest severe weather outlooks, watches, and warnings.  Have at least three different ways to get life-saving warnings.  Do it now – don't wait until storms are in the forecast.

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WHEN STORMS THREATEN:

•    Stay calm, act quickly, and rely on your safety plan.

•    The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground storm shelter, above ground safe room, or basement.

•    If no underground shelter or safe room is available, go to the lowest level of a sturdy building or your home. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Avoid windows, doors and exterior walls.  Closets and bathrooms are often good choices.

•    If possible, get under a sturdy table or desk. Cover up with pillows or cushions to protect against flying debris.


•    If you are in a mobile home, in a vehicle, or outdoors, find a storm shelter or sturdy building quickly. Cars, trucks, and mobile homes offer little protection and are not where you should be in a tornado.

 

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