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Tornado Safety

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  • By Courtesy Story
  • 82nd Training Wing Safety Office
Severe weather season has begun and there are a few safety tips that can help a household react to a common hazard which is present during this time... tornados.

During a tornado, resident in a home or building should move to a pre-designated shelter, like a basement. If underground shelter is not available then move to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture. As many walls as possible should be placed between the residents of the house and the outside. Also, stay away from windows.

If a person is in an automobile when a tornado is present, they should get out of the vehicle. Do not try to outrun a tornado using the car; instead leave it immediately to find safe shelter.

In the event that a person is caught outside or in a vehicle, they should lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression. While lying down a person should cover their head with their hands, because flying debris from tornados cause the most fatalities or injuries.

Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornados. Residents should leave a mobile home and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or storm shelter.