• Tornado Safety

    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 rist?

    • 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.

    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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