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As Tornadoes Rip Through Parts Of U.S., Some Tips For Keeping Safe

June 6th, 2008 · No Comments

With the nation possibly heading for a record year for tornadoes and severe weather watches posted throughout the Midwest, I thought I would post a list that FEMA just released of what to do before and then during a tornado, including this advice:  

“When a tornado is sighted, the most important rule is to get low and stay low.

  • At home-Seek shelter in a basement; storm shelter or safe room; interior room on the lowest floor of the home, such as a bathroom; or a closet or room without windows.
  • At work-Go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • In a mobile home-Leave your mobile home and take shelter in a nearby building. If no building is nearby, lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
  • In an automobile-Leave the car and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Never try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • At school-Follow plans and go to a designated shelter area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias, or gyms and areas with wide, free-span roofs.
  • At a shopping center-Go to the interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor of a shopping center. Do not leave the shopping center to get in your car.
  • Outside in the open-Take cover on low, protected ground. “



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