The latest round of severe weather includes the threat of tornadoes. Here are some tips for staying safe during a tornado:
If you are at home: Go to the basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Get away from windows. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners, as they tend to attract debris. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a work bench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
If you are in a mobile home: A mobile home can overturn very easily, even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. Take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. Or, if one is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the mobile home. (Tornadoes cannot change elevation quickly enough to pick someone up out of a ditch, especially a deep ditch or culvert.)
If you are outdoors: If possible get inside a sturdy building with a concrete foundation. If shelter is not available, or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
If you are in a vehicle: Never try to outrun a tornado in your car or truck! Tornadoes can change direction very quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it in the air. Get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
Information from Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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