If a warning is issued:
In a home or
building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or
hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
Get out of
Do not try
to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately
Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes
and should be abandoned.
tornadoes develop so rapidly, there is little advance warning. Be alert
to signs of an approaching tornado such as loud roar and blowing debris.
Who is most at risk?
for fallen power lines and stay out of damaged areas
the radio for information and instructions
flashlight to inspect for damage in your home
Do not use
candles at any time because of possible gas leaks
Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes
Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes.
In the late 1980's, a tornado swept Yellowstone National Park leaving a
path of destruction up and down a 10,000-ft. mountain.
Myth: The low pressure with a tornado
causes buildings to "explode" as the tornado passes overhead.
Fact: Violent winds and debris
slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.
Myth: Windows should be opened before
tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allows damaging
winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone; instead,
immediately go to a safe place.
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