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March 14, 2014

Tornado awareness

With spring’s arrival, severe weather could soon be arriving, too.


• Do not seek shelter under an overpass. This is a place many deaths have occurred as people try to take shelter.

• If no other choice, leave your vehicle and find shelter in a low area or ditch or culvert that won’t flood. It is important to get lower than ground level if possible.

• If caught in your car keep your seatbelt on and get below the windows. Cover yourself with a blanket, coat, or pillow if possible.

At work or home

If at work or away from home:

• If you are in a warehouse, gymnasium or large store, seek shelter in a small room, these buildings are prone to collapse in tornadoes. Keep away from the center.

• Have a designated plan at work just as you would for your home.

• Get to the lowest place and in the smallest room. Once again, put as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible.

• If you have neighbors who are elderly or disabled, consider making their welfare a part of your plan.

Know that in the event of a tornado, emergency services may be overwhelmed and it may take a while for them to get to you. It is good for neighbors to work together and prepare for all kinds of weather emergencies.

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