Tornadoes bring massive winds and destruction in their paths. The 2019 tornado season left 41 individuals dead and hundreds more injured. The US is quite close to the onset of spring, so here are some tips to help you stay safe during potential spring storms:

Be prepared

To stay safe during a tornado, make sure you have:

– an emergency kit comprising non-perishable food, water, and medication

– a list of vital information, including phone numbers

– an emergency plan, including access to a safe shelter for you, your family, and people with special needs during a tornado

– fresh batteries and a battery-operated radio, TV, or internet-enabled device to give you access to the latest emergency weather information

– Moreover, ensure your children know what a tornado is, what tornado warnings and watches are, what parish or county they live in, and what makes a location a safe shelter (whether at school or home).

Know the right place to shelter

During a tornado, falling and flying debris cause most injuries and deaths. Although there’s no place that’s completely safe during a tornado, there are some that are safer than others. Here’s what you should do during a tornado:

– Avoid windows.

– Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (closet, bathroom, center hallway).

– Don’t stay in a mobile home.

– For additional protection, get under a sturdy table or workbench. Cover your body with a mattress, blanket, or sleeping bag. Also, don’t miss protecting your head with anything available.

If you’re outside or in a mobile home, go inside a nearby building, preferably one with a basement.

Stay updated about the weather

To keep yourself and your family safe from harm’s way during a tornado, closely monitor the changing weather conditions in your area. If you’re aware that thunderstorms are likely, stay tuned to local TV and radio stations or a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) weather radio for further weather updates. If there are any weather signs, such as large hail or a dark or green-colored sky, take cover immediately and keep track of the weather conditions.

Use these tips to stay safe during the tornado season.

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