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Staying Safe in a Tornado
To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and an emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head.
Tornadoes continue to impact locations across the country every year, bringing massive winds and destruction in their paths.
The 2020 tornado season claimed the lives of 76 individuals and injured hundreds more. Fifty-one percent of those victims were in a mobile home or trailer park at the time of the tornado. These storms caused billions in damage.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)external icon there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Even the possibility of a tornado must be taken seriously. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes (those with wind speeds of 200MPH or more) are rare. Most tornadoes are much weaker. You can survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions. Here are three important tips to help keep you and your family safe.
Be sure you and your loved ones know what makes a safe shelter.
TIP ❶: Be prepared. The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with the following items:
TIP ❷: Stay aware of weather conditions. To protect yourself and your family from harm during a tornado, pay close attention to changing weather conditions in your area. If you know thunderstorms are expected, stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or an NOAA weather radio for further weather information. Some tornadoes strike rapidly without time for a tornado warning. The following weather signs may mean that a tornado is approaching:
TIP ❸: Know where to shelter. Falling and flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.
No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecast. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe in a tornado.
Learn more about how to stay safe during a tornado.
Page last reviewed: March 29, 2021
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health