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We all know tornadoes are violent. They've been showing the power of tornadoes on TV for years: picking up houses and cars and tossing them about like toys. But the reality is that even a weak tornado could damage your home.
Despite what you may think, tornadoes don't strike without warning. If you know what to look for and how to stay safe, you can keep your family safe from this devastating natural disaster.
You can't outrun a tornado, but you will be very glad that you took some simple steps when it's time to do so.
Top Tips When Tornadoes Strikes
There's no time like the present to prepare you and your family for tornadoes. Here are some top tips to help.
Look For A Safe Place
So here's the scoop – you only have 15 to 20 minutes before the tsunami hits. That may sound like a lot of time, but as we all know, tsunamis can travel at very fast speeds.
If you live in a mobile home, get out. If you are driving a car, get out and head somewhere safe. If you're not near your shelter or cannot quickly get there, find an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
When a tornado watch is issued, go immediately to a safe place. Do not stay outdoors to watch approaching storms. Be alert to changing weather conditions.
Stay Away From Windows and Get Below The Ground
Even if you're far from a tornado's projected path, that doesn't mean it won't be a big deal. If you don't have a basement, especially near windows, try to find a shelter as far away from windows as possible.
Know the safest spot in your home for different kinds of storms—such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level in your house—that are far away from windows or areas prone to flooding.
Wear Helmet And Slip On Your Shoes
If you're caught in a tornado and need to get out fast, slip on your shoes. Tornadoes are unpredictable and have been known to toss glass shards and nails around your house.
This will prevent you from walking through debris riddled with nails, glass shards, and splintered wood – and possibly avoid injury altogether. You don't want your footwear pulled off or dragged along the ground.
If you own a bike helmet and live in an area prone to severe storms, always ensure it's by your side during inclement weather. If your home sustains a direct hit, you can protect yourself from serious head trauma.
Don't Try To Outrun A Tornado
Be smart when a tornado warning is issued, and stay home! If you head out and stay in your car, you are putting yourself in danger. Tornadoes can change directions quickly, so staying indoors is much safer if you think you're directly in the storm's path.
A tornado can happen at any time of year, and when one does, you need to know what to do. When a storm is approaching, and a tornado is possible, these safety tips can help you and your family stay safe.
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