Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Tornadoes

Well before a tornado might strike:

  • Decide on the best place to go if a tornado is approaching, e.g., in a bathtub on the lowest floor (e.g., basement) nearest the center of the structure

If a tornado might be approaching:

If you’re outdoors:

  • If possible, get into a strong building and put as many solid walls as possible between you and the tornado (e.g., basement or bathroom in center of house on lowest floor) and, if available, get into a bathtub
  • If you can’t get into a building, crouch near a strong building
  • If there are no buildings nearby, lay on the ground as low as possible (in a ditch if possible)
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck

If you’re in a car or mobile home:

  • Do not try to out-drive the tornado
  • Get out of the car or mobile home
  • If possible, get into a strong building and put as many solid walls as possible between you and the tornado (e.g., basement or bathroom in center of house on lowest floor) and, if available, get into a bathtub
  • If you can’t get into a building, crouch near a strong building
  • If there are no buildings nearby, lay on the ground as low as possible (in a ditch if possible)
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck

If you’re in a building:

  • If the building is structurally weak, if possible, get into a stronger building
  • Put as many solid walls as possible between you and the tornado (e.g., basement or bathroom in center of house on lowest floor) and, if available, get into a bathtub
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck

Comments


  1. On October 7th, 2009, Marcia McGee said:

    A checklist for what to do after an earthquate would be beneficial for those in California and other states.

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