...Safety Rules for Tornadoes--For Media to Broadcast...

A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Louisville Kentucky.  The following safety tips are being provided in hope that the broadcast media will broadcast frequently these messages while the watch affects their area.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which can produce tornadoes in and close to the watch area.  If you are in the watch area, keep informed of the latest weather information.  These storms can develop rapidly, so there may be occasions when advance warning is not possible.

A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar.  If you are in the path or near the tornado, take immediate action to protect life and property.  Follow these safety rules:

1.)  If caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter, or sturdy building.  If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter, get in a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter.  If flying debris hits your vehicle while you are driving, pull over and park.  As a last resort stay in the car with your seat belt on.  Put your head down below the windows, covering your hands with a blanket if possible.  If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

2.)  In open country, find a ditch, culvert, or other low area and lay down flat.  Cover your head with your hands to protect against flying debris.  However, be alert for possible rapidly rising water.

3.)  In homes or small buildings, go to the basement or a small interior room on the lowest floor, such as a hall or bathroom closet.  Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.  Use heavy furniture for shelter or cover yourself with a mattress or blanket.

4.)  In mobile homes, abandon them and go to a substantial structure or place of safety.  Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection.

5.)  In schools, hospitals, factories, or shopping centers, go to designated shelter areas.  Interior halls on the lowest levels are usually the best.  Stay away from gymnasiums or auditoriums.  Avoid all outside walls and windows.

Who is most at risk from tornadoes?  The answer is people in mobile homes.  Mobile homes are quite vulnerable to high winds.  If you live in a mobile home community, make arrangements to stay with friends or family who have basements.  Put your plan in action when a tornado watch is issued.

The key to tornado survival is to be prepared and take immediate action when a warning is issued or when you feel threatened.  Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado.  Flying debris from tornadoes causes most deaths and injuries.

Remember, the actions you take during a tornado event may save your life and the lives of those you are responsible for.


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