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Tornado Safety
Tornado safety is vital to understand. There are key safety points to follow before, during, and after a severe thunderstorm threatens your area.

Before a Tornado

Long before a severe thunderstorm threatens your area, you should prepare a weather emergency kit. Severe weather can threaten at any moment and with little warning. You will not have time to prepare an emergency kit once the storm is brewing.

Families need to practice a tornado safety drill. Each family member needs to know exactly what to do in the event of a tornado.

Pay attention to all watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Never, ever assume that the tornado is not in your area. A warning issued by the NWS means a tornado is either happening or very likely to happen in a short period of time.

During a Tornado

If a tornado has been spotted in your immediate area, seek shelter immediately. The best location for tornado safety is in a storm cellar or tornado shelter. The next best place for safety is to go to the center of your home or other sturdy building. Mobile homes can withstand only small amounts of wind making mobile homes unsafe in a tornado.

If you are outside, you should seek shelter in a flat, low-lying area. Bridges and overpasses are not safe. Do the best you can to protect yourself from debris. A strong tornado can pick up cars, trucks, and even houses.

If you are in a car, never try to outrun the tornado. A car is no match for a strong tornado. Not only is the wind speed in a tornado intense, the forward progression of a tornado can be extremely fast as well. Several of these videos of tornadoes show ways cars and tornadoes do not mix.

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