The key to survival in tornado outbreaks is advanced planning. The National Weather Service and your __________ County Emergency Management Agencey urge that you to have a tornado prepareness plan. All members of your household must know where the safest areas are. Identify interior bathrooms, closets, halls, or basement shelter areas. Be sure that every family member knows that they must go to such safe places at the first sign of danger or when a warning is issued. There may be only a few seconds to act!
At home, the best protection from tornado winds is in a basement below ground level. If possible, get under a sturdy table or workbench, or under the stairs. If no basement is available, the National Weather Service advise that you take cover in an interior closet, bathroom, or interior hall near the center of the house on the lowest floor. Keep away from windows and protect your head!
If you are caught in the open in a tornado, try to find a depression such as a ditch or culvert to hide in. Lie flat, make as small a target as possible. If you can, wrap a covering around exposed porions of your body. Even small ground debris can cause serious injury when driven by tornado strength winds. Your County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service urge you to memorize basic tornado safety rules. Your life may depend upon knowing them.
If you are in your car and a tornado strikes, do you know What to Do? When you hear a tornado or see a tornado approaching, stop and get out of your car. Do not try to outrun the storm. If you have time, take shelter in a substantial structure. If there is no nearby shelter, lie flat in the nearest ditch or ravine with your hands shielding your head. When driving, stay tuned to this station for severe weather information--your life may depend upon it!
If you live in a mobile home, you should have an emergency evacuation plan to protect you and your family from tornadoes. Mobile homes and cars are extremely vulnerable to a tornado--they can be easily lifted and carried away by tornado winds. When a tornado warning is issued, leave your mobile home immediately. Move to a nearby permanent shelter. Do not take shelter under your mobile home or try to drive away from the storm. When severe weather threatens, stay tune to this station for severe weather information. Your life may depend upon it!
Do you know where to go and what to do if a tornado threatens your school, business, hospital, or shopping center? The National Weather Service and your County Emergency Management Agency advise that you take cover against a wall in the center of the building, below the ground if possible. Avoid open spaces like auditoriums, gymnasiums, or cafeterias and stay away from windows or large glassed-in-areas. If there are no tornado drills in your workplace or at your school, suggest them. Safety drills can save lives.
Be sure that you understand the difference between a TORNADO WATCH and a TORNADO WARNING. The National Weather Service will issue a tornado watch to give you advance notice that tornadoes may occur in your general area. This gives you time to make plans for moving to a safe shelter quickly if a tornado is sighted. The tornado warning is an urgent message that a tornado has been reported and warns that you must take immediate safety action. When a tornado warning is issued, move quickly, Seconds save lives!
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