Tornado Safety Tips

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(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Tornado Safety Tips
Prepare for the continuing tornado season.

  1. Know the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. A watch means that the conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop and that you should be alert. A warning means that a tornado has been spotted and that you should take shelter immediately.
  2. Download the Red Cross Tornado Warning App for alerts on upcoming tornadoes and storms. This application will give you step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for a tornado, what to do when the tornado hits, and has a siren that will go off in case of an emergency.
  3. Have plenty of emergency supplies including water, food, medicine, flashlights (and batteries), a full tank of gas, and important documents.
  4. If time permits you should move all lawn furniture and trash cans away.
  5. If you are in a mobile home you should find a prearranged shelter.  Since your mobile home is not built into the ground, it can be picked up and airborne in no time.
  6. If you are unable to flee before the tornado hits you should take shelter indoors in a basement or interior hallway or room – you must avoid windows.
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