5 Ways to Stay Safe in A Tornado

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  1. DON’T RELY ON SIRENS: Take cover if you do hear a siren. But be aware that sirens typically warn across entire counties and can’t be heard inside. Instead, get a weather radio and a GPS-based weather app that will wake and warn you if you’re in the path.
  2. AVOID MOBILE HOMES AND CARS: These are two of the most dangerous places to be in a twister because they’re unstable and easily destroyed. Get out of the car or mobile home and into a building or underground shelter. Overpasses provide little shelter. Only as a last resort, lie in a ditch or depression, covering your head, until it passes.
  3. GET AS LOW AS POSSIBLE TO RIDE OUT THE STORM:  A basement or underground storm shelter is ideal. Otherwise, find a small,  windowless room on the lowest floor near the center of the house.
  4. COVER UP: Wear a helmet and shoes, and get under a sturdy piece of furniture or a mattress to shield yourself from flying debris.
  5. STAY IN TOUCH: If you lose power, receive and share warnings via your smartphone or social media: Update via Twitter and Facebook, watch livestream TV coverage and text family when phone lines are overloaded.

 

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