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Stay Safe!

 

Yes, this past winter has been a load, but believe it or not, tornado season is here!  All of us who live in this neck of the woods know full well how destructive these violent storms can be, and all of us have heard, in one manner or another, tips and advice on what to do when facing such danger.  We feel these safety tips can't be emphasized enough! 

 

--In the event of a tornado warning seek shelter below ground, in a basement or storm cellar. 

 

--If your home doesn't have a basement or cellar go to the first floor and seek an interior room, such as a closet or bathroom or under a stairwell.  Bathrooms offer additional protection in that the plumbing serves to reinforce walls and floors.  Rule of thumb:  Put as many interior walls between you and the outside as you can!

 

 

--To protect yourself against flying debris or collapsing walls and/or ceilings cover yourself with padding, such as blankets, pillows, or a mattress. 

 

--If you're in a public building, such as a school, office building, or mall, go to an interior hallway or small interior office or shop on the building's lowest level.  Get on the ground next to a wall and cover your head.  Stay away from windows!

 

--If you're in a mobile home, get out!  Seek a public shelter or a nearby sturdy building, if you can get there fast.  If not, take shelter out in the open by lying flat on low ground and covering your head with your arms.  If possible stay away from cars or trees or any other potential debris that could be blown on top of you. 

 

--Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado.  If the tornado is visible, far away, and traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles away from the storm.  Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible.  Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building.  If in open country run to low ground away from any cars; lie flat and face down, protecting the back of your head with your arms.  Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which offer little protection against flying debris.

 

--In your home, have a working flashlight, battery-operated radio, and extra batteries.  Have enough non-perishable food and bottled water to get by for a few days without power.  Cooperate fully with civil authorities and emergency personnel. 

 

--Above all, don't panic!  Stay calm; that way, you'll stay safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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