10 Most Devastating Tornadoes In US History

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Staying Safe in a Tornado

Finally, if you do find yourself facing the wrath of a tornado, there are ways to stay safe according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA). And while there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado you are statistically more likely to survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions.

The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with the following items:

Fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information
A tornado emergency plan includes access to a safe shelter for yourself, your family, people with special needs, and your pets
An emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication)
A list of important information, including telephone numbers

To protect yourself and your family from harm during a tornado, pay close attention to changing weather conditions in your area:

A dark or green-colored sky
A large, dark, low-lying cloud
Large hail
A loud roar that sounds like a freight train
If you notice any of these conditions, take cover immediately, and keep tuned to local radio and TV stations or to a NOAA weather radio or check the internet.

Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations to take shelter are much safer than others:

Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
If possible, avoid sheltering in a room with windows.
For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
Do not stay in a mobile home.

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