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Tornado Safety Tips

By taking basic emergency preparedness precautions before a tornado strikes, you can dramatically reduce risk of injury to you or your loved ones.

Understanding the Warnings

Tornado safety begins by listening for National Weather Service advisories. A tornado watch is issued when tornadoes are possible in your area. You need to be attuned to environmental cues:
Dark, often greenish sky
Wall cloud
Large hail
Loud roar, similar to a freight train

Implement your Family Communication Plan, and make sure your American Family Safety emergency kit is within reach. Remind all family members where to gather if a tornado is imminent.

Tornado Safety Tips
Guest Article by Michael Baruch


A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or picked up by radar. You must immediately seek shelter. Don’t wait for twisters to appear or touch down.

Tornado Safety Tips
In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
If an underground shelter is unavailable, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, and take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture.
Stay away from windows.
Get out of automobiles.
Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Instead, leave it immediately.
Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.

For more information on tornadoes and tornado safety, please visit the American Family Safety Emergency Preparedness Library, which contains numerous resources to help you and your loved ones in the event of an unexpected emergency situation.

American Family Safety is an international corporation that distributes emergency supplies and emergency preparedness education materials. American Family Safety’s emergency kits contain all the materials needed for complete 72-hour emergency preparedness.

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