In my email this morning came this very important information about tornadoes. I felt it was important to get the word out to my readers and everyone. Please be safe during this tornado season upon us now.
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Many areas of the United States have been devastated by tornadoes.
With all the wicked weather that hits in May, it’s important to know how
to best keep you and your family safe. Tornadoes are Mother Nature’s
most violent storms. In a matter of seconds, a tornado can destroy a
neighborhood or take a life. Following safety precautions during a
tornado can increase your and your family’s chances of survival.
Every year, about 1,000 tornadoes touchdown in the U.S. While some
are clearly visible, others may be totally rain-wrapped. Tornadoes
generally occur near the trailing edge (right-rear quadrant) of a
thunderstorm. The first step to stay safe from a tornado is staying
tuned to your local weather TV station. If a tornado watch or warning is
issued in your area, meteorologists will hit the airwaves and let you
know when and where the storms will strike.
A tornado watch means there is a chance of tornadoes, while a warning
means a tornado has been observed or is indicated on radar.
Tornado Safety Tips
• The best shelter from a tornado is a safe room, basement or storm
cellar. If those are not available, go to an interior room without
windows on the lowest level of the structure, preferably a closet or
bathroom. Place as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
• Cover yourself with pillows, a mattress or blankets and wear a helmet and shatter resistant goggles. Keep your shoes on.
• Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during a tornado. If you feel
your home is unsafe, move to a pre-selected shelter before the storm
• Avoid windows, and do not take shelter in halls that open to the outside.
• If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the lowest
floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. If there is not a
building nearby, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head
with your hands.
• DO NOT take shelter under an underpass or bridge. It is not safe since it can leave you exposed to flying debris.
• Be aware of the counties, cities and towns that are near you. It
will be easier to track the tornado’s direction if you are familiar with
the geography of your area.
When tornadoes strike, proper shelter can make the difference between
life and death. Because of this, many organizations make it their goal
to protect those who find themselves in the path of severe weather. FEMA
offers an abundance of information for those interested in constructing
safe rooms for individuals, families, or communities.