Tornado Safety Tips
If a tornado was approaching, would
you know what to do? Tornadoes are the most violent atmospheric
phenomenon on the planet. Winds of 200-300 mph can occur with
the most violent tornadoes. The following are instructions on
what to do when a tornado warning has been issued for your area
or whenever a tornado threatens.
In homes or
small buildings, go to the basement (if available) or to an
interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or
bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect
yourself from flying debris.
hospitals, factories or shopping centers, go to interior
rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass
enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as
auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch down and cover your head.
rise buildings, go to interior small rooms or halls. Stay
away from exterior walls or glassy areas.
In cars or
mobile homes, abandon them immediately!! Most deaths occur
in cars and mobile homes. If you are in either of those
locations, leave them and go to a substantial structure or
designated tornado shelter.
suitable structure is nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch
or depression and use your hands to cover your head.
Do you know what to do if you are
caught in the open during a thunderstorm or you feel tingling or
your hair standing on end? Lightning can strike up to several
miles away from the thunderstorm.
If caught outdoors:
Go to a safe shelter
immediately! such as inside a sturdy building. A pickup
truck or hard top automobile with the windows up can also
offer fair protection.
If you are boating or
swimming, get out of the water immediately and move to a
safe shelter away from the water!
If you are in a wooded area,
seek shelter under a thick growth of relatively small trees.
If you feel your hair
standing on end, squat with your head between your knees. Do
not lie flat!
Avoid isolated trees or
other tall objects, bodies of water, sheds, fences,
convertible automobiles, tractors and motorcycles.
Road Safety Tips
When winter storms strike, do not drive unless
must travel, make sure you car is stocked with survival gear
like blankets, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, extra
warm clothing, set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick
energy foods and brightly-colored cloth to use as a distress
your gas tank full to prevent gasoline freeze-up.
you have a cell phone or two-way radio available for your use,
keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever
traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to
call for help, advising rescuers of your location.
sure someone knows your travel plans.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Preparing your vehicle for the winter season now will help
ensure your vehicle is in good working order when you need it
a mechanic check the following items on your vehicle:
Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate
tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter
conditions. You may also want to carry a set of tire chains in
your vehicle for heavy snow conditions.
a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal
and maintain at least a half tank of gas throughout the winter
Finally, plan long trips carefully. Listen to the local media
report or call law enforcement agencies for the latest road