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Will You Be Caught Unprepared?

 

This has been a devastating season for tornadoes--nationwide--resulting in hundreds killed and injured, and billions in damage.  You and your family cannot afford to be unprepared in the event one of these deadly storms approaches; if you don't have a tornado preparation plan, now's the time to make one!

 

*At home, have a tornado plan in place, based on the dwelling you have.  Know where you can take shelter in seconds, and have a family tornado drill at least once a year.

 

*Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster.

 

*Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlight, both in working order.  Have bottled water on hand and non-perishable food that will last for several days.  A First-Aid kit is always handy.

 

*When a tornado watch is issued, think about your family drill and check to make sure your supplies are available.  Turn on local TV, radio, or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings.

 

*If you shop frequently at certain stores, learn where there are bathrooms, storage rooms, or other interior areas away from windows, and the shortest ways to get there. 

 

*After the tornado, keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.  Carefully render aid to those who are injured.  Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity.  Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects.  Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings in danger of collapse.  In case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks, do not use matches or lighters!  Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from energency personnel or local officials. 

 

For complete, detailed summary of safety tips and recommendations, please visit here:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html .

 

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