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Tornado preparation while at home

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Tornado preparation while at home:

1.  If tornado warning is issued or you have evidence a violent storm is approaching, go to center most point in the building such as a closet or bathtub on the lowest flood and while covering yourself crouch down as low as possible.

2.  Stay away from windows

3. Listen to battery operated NOAA weather radio for updates


Tornado preparation while traveling:

1. The most dangerous place to be when hit by a tornado is inside a motor vehicle

2. If a tornado is nearby, safely park the car and take shelter in the center of a sturdy building on the lowest floor. If there are no buildings around, take shelter in the lowest safe elevation in the immediate vicinity such as a ditch

3. Know the tornado threat that day before traveling. Do not drive into thunderstorms, especially on days in which a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch is in effect in or near the area

4. Listen to battery operated NOAA weather radio for updates


Tornado misconceptions:

1. It is thought erroneously by some that areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes. Tornadoes can strike any location where strong thunderstorms can occur. There are no long term "force fields" that prevent tornadoes from striking a location in a region where strong thunderstorms can occur

2. The low pressure within a tornado was once thought to cause buildings to explode. This does not occur. It is of no benefit to open windows.

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