Tornados are not very common in Pennsylvania but they do happen. In fact, between 1950 and 2013 there have been 738 tornados in our state. Just because we don’t live in Tornado Alley doesn’t mean we are immune to the havoc these natural disasters can wreak.
Just this past weekend the US was given its first official introduction to tornado season 2014. While tornados also occurred in Iowa and Oklahoma, it would seem that the most devastating losses of the weekend were felt in Little Rock, Arkansas where at least 14 people have already been confirmed dead.
Because we don’t see many tornados out here, we though it would be a good idea to review what you need to do to stay safe in a tornado.
Tornado Safety Tips
Keeping you and your family safe should be your top priority during a tornado. This is one instance where you should just forget about your belongings.
The safest place during a tornado is underground. While it is unlikely that many of you out there have a storm shelter, the basement is your next best bet. No basement? Find a windowless room or hallway on the first floor of your home and stay put.
Do NOT seek shelter in a mobile home. It is better to make your way to the nearest sturdy building or a vehicle.
Always buckle your seatbelt when driving. Even buckle your seatbelt when you are waiting out the storm. If you have no other shelter than a vehicle be sure to keep your head down below window level and keep it covered with your hands or a blanket.
Seek lower ground. If you are caught in a vehicle, but there is appreciably lower ground nearby, like a roadside ditch, get out of the car and lie down in the area with your hands covering your head.
Remember, proper planning can save your life. If you have children, go ahead and work out a family emergency plan, and make sure that everyone knows where to be when.
Source – What To Do During A Tornado
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