Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This is the tornado shelter sign at the local mall.
Tornado Safety Tips from the News on 6:
The best shelter from a tornado is a basement or storm cellar. If neither one is available, go to an inside room without windows on the lowest level of the building.
Cover yourself with something, such as pillows, a mattress or blankets.
Place as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during a tornado. Seek shelter elsewhere, if possible.
Avoid windows. Despite popular belief, opening windows to equalize pressure has no effect in reducing damage during a tornado.
Be aware of the counties, cities and towns that are near you. It will be easier to track the tornado's direction if you are familiar with the geography of your area.
If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. If there is not a building nearby, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
DO NOT get under an underpass or bridge. It is not safe since it can leave you exposed to flying debris.