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Tornado Safety Tips

A Tornado Watch is issued to alert people to the possibility of tornado development in your area.

A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar.

If you do not have a cellar or basement:
Take shelter in a small room in the center of your home on the lowest floor. A closet or bathroom is best. Wrap yourself in a blanket or mattress, protecting your face and eyes. If a center room is not available, use a small room on an east wall.

If you feel your home is unsafe:
Familiarize yourself with the shelters available in your community, and move yourself and your family there before the storm hits.

Don't use your vehicle as a means of escape:
Cars and trucks can be fatal shelters.

In an office or factory:
Proceed with advance plans or go to an interior hallway on the lowest level and drop to the floor, protecting your eyes and face. Don't take shelter in halls that open to the south or the west. Centrally located stairwells are good shelter.

During a tornado:
Absolutely avoid buildings with large free-span roofs. Stay away from west and south walls. When alerted to threatening conditions: Act fast! Take action NOW to determine where you will go and what you will do. Don't become another statistic.
Remember! Lowest level, smallest room and center part.

Things to know:
A large percentage of tornadoes occur between 3 and 6 p.m., when there's a good chance you'll be at work. Children at home should be taught in advance about where to go inside the home ... as quickly and calmly as possible.

Most tornadoes occur in April, May and June. Buy and use a weather emergency radio. Watch local television stations for updates.

Remember, even the smallest storms have the potential to cause incredible damage to your life and property. Familiarize yourself now with these safety suggestions and create a plan for your family at home, work, and at school. You'll be better prepared when severe weather threatens.