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Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you of a tornado. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.
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Tornado Safety

Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings
  • Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
     
  • Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means:
    • A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
    • A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
       
  • Tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by county or parish.

When a Tornado WATCH Is Issued...

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
     
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued...

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
     
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
     
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above).

After the Tornado Passes...

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
     
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
     
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
     
  • Do not use candles at any time.

 

 

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Assemble a disaster   supplies kit that has:    

First aid kit and essential medications.

Canned food and can opener.

At least three gallons of water per person

Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.

Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.

Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

 

 

 

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