Tornado Safety Tips. What Should I know?

Tornado Safety Tips. What Should I know?

If a warning is issued:
In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
Stay away from windows
Get out of automobiles
Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
Sometimes tornadoes develop so rapidly, there is little advance warning. Be alert to signs of an approaching tornado such as loud roar and blowing debris.

Who is most at risk?
People in automobiles
The elderly, very young children, physically and mentally impaired

After a tornado passes
Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of damaged areas
Listen to the radio for information and instructions
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage in your home
Do not use candles at any time because of possible gas leaks

Tornado Myths
Myth: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.
Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes. In the late 1980's, a tornado swept Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000-ft. mountain. P> Myth: The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to "explode" as the tornado passes overhead.
Fact: Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.

Myth: Windows should be opened before tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.

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