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Staying safe during a tornado

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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
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