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Posted on: March 10, 2019

Tornadoes

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Tornados can occur at any time of the year and most often strike between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.. In the southern states, peak tornado season is March through May. In the northern states, peak tornado season is June through August. 

SAFETY BASICS 

A tornado's path of destruction can be more than one mile wide and 50 miles long and can devastate a neighborhood in seconds. You may have little warning, so preparation and planning are key to reducing injuries. It's important to know what to do before, during, and after a tornado. 

BEFORE Know a safe place: 

--Know the safe places at home, work, and at school. Locate local shelters and be aware of the tornado risk in your county or parish. 

--Practice tornado drills at home and school. 

--Have a plan for how family members will contact one another during an emergency. Establish an out-of-area contact (such as a relative or family friend) who can coordinate family member's locations and information should you become seperated. Make sure children learn the phone numbers and addresses, and know the emergency plans. 

--Prepare a family disaster supplies kit. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack. 

DURING a tornado watch: 

--Remain inside, away from windows and doors.

--Listen to the radio or T.V. Keep a battery-operated radio on a NOAA Weather Radio. 

--Make sure your family disaster supplies kit is complete. 

--Be alert during a thunderstorm watch. 

Severe thunderstorms can produce tornados. Being prepared will give you more time should the weather turn severe. During a tornado warning: Listen to the radio or T.V. for weather updates and instructions from local officials. Quick action and planning ahead can save your life! If you get caught in a tornado, know what to do: take shelter immediately; stay away from windows, corners, doors and outside walls, be aware of flying debris. Crouch on the floor near an interior wall and under a heavy object, such as a table. Bend over and place your arms on the back of your head and neck (which are injured more easily than other parts of your body). 

AFTER 

--Continue to listen to the news and weather updates. 

--Stay away from power lines and broken glass. 

--Be aware of the possibility of broken gas lines and chemical spills. If you smell gas or chemical fumes, immediately evacuate the area and contact authorities. 

--Stay out of damaged buildings and return home only after authorities have issued an all-clear signal.


All information was referenced through the NFPA Public Education Division if you would like to view their site go to www.nfpa.org/education or click above on department, fire department, useful links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.

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