When severe weather hits there is often little time to react.
Tornadoes are the most violent storm that build from larger thunderstorms. With winds up to three hundred miles per hour and a path of devastation larger than a mile wide, they can level entire communities in mere seconds.
Sometimes tornadoes can form with little, if any, warning. Being prepared is one of the ways you can fight back against these storms.
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Prepare yourself, your family, and your friends by taking a look over these tips from ready.gov:
Know the Danger Signs of a Tornado:
- Dark and sometimes green colored skies
- Large hail (quarter size or larger)
- A large low-lying cloud
- Rotating clouds
- A loud roar similar to that of a train
Build a Basic Emergency Kit:
- Water, a gallon of water per person, per day
- A three day supply of perishable food
- Battery-powered radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Emergency whistle
- Garbage bags
- Dust mask or coverage for face
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Can opener
Know the Hazard Terms:
- Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible, watch for signs of tornados and stay alert
- Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or picked up by radar, take shelter
What to Do During a Tornado:
- If you are in a building - Go to the lowers building level such as a basement or cellar. If there is no basement go to the center of a small interior room the furthest from the outside.
- If you are outside with no shelter - Secure yourself in a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and make your way to the closest shelter.
- If you are in your car - Stay in the car with your seatbelt on. If you are unable to make it to shelter tuck your head away from all windows and cover yourself with blanket, jacket or cushion
- If you are on a roadway - Find a place lower than the road. Do not get under an overpass or bridge.
See all the helpful tips on Tornadoes at ready.gov...