Tornado Safety Tips

TORNADO SAFETY TIPS...

IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED OR YOU SEE A TORNADO APPROACHING...
FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES. IN A BUILDING...MOVE TO A PRE-DESIGNATED
SHELTER SUCH AS A BASEMENT.  MOVE UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH OR
STAIRCASE. STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS
USUALLY MOVED INTO THOSE AREAS.  MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...
OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED.

IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...
MOST INTERIOR ROOM AVAILABLE AND GET UNDER A STURDY PIECE OF
FURNITURE IF POSSIBLE.  STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL OR SCHOOL...GO INTO AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY AND CROUCH ON THE GROUND FLOOR AGAINST A WALL.
COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.  LEAVE WIDE-OPEN ROOMS LIKE
GYMS...AUDITORIUMS...OR THE COMMON AREAS OF SHOPPING MALLS.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY TO
OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE NEARBY.  THEY CAN MOVE
AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTIONS QUICKLY.  ABANDON
YOUR CAR AND FIND A STURDY STRUCTURE.  IF NOT AVAILABLE...CROUCH
IN A ROADSIDE DITCH AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. HIDING IN
A CAR IS NOT SAFE DURING A TORNADO SINCE IT CAN TOSS A CAR HUNDREDS
OF FEET.

MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH
THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF WEATHER...
WATER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OPERATES THE MOST ADVANCED WEATHER AND FLOOD WARNING AND FORECAST
SYSTEM IN THE WORLD...HELPING TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY. THE
FORECASTS AND WARNINGS ALSO HELP ENHANCE THE NATIONAL ECONOMY.


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