Tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States with little or no warning and are capable of causing significant loss of life and billions of dollars in damage. Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms. They generate from powerful thunderstorms and cause overwhelming tornadodestruction in minutes. During violent weather, stay tuned to a local television or radio station for tornado reports. Tornadoes can develop during severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. Most injuries and fatalities from tornadoes are caused by being struck or cut by falling or wind-borne debris. When a tornado threatens, your goal is to go to the safest place for protection before the tornado hits and to take additional measures for personal cover. If a storm shelter or basement is not available, plan to find shelter under heavy furniture or mattresses near an inside wall of your house on the ground floor. Provide animals in your household with a safe area and keep them confined. Tornado Preparedness includes all the standard emergency kit items (food, water, shelter, warmth, etc.) Additionally, for Tornadoes, add monitoring weather reports provided by your local media - Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards receiver, which receives broadcast alerts directly from the NWS. Remember - just as with Hurricanes, likelihood of land and mobile communication (as well as internet) services being unavailable is extremely high, so do not count on cell phones, TV, or your computer - have other communication devices available and ready to use. Think “whistles”. “walkie talkies”, “bull horn”, too – while it is important to listen to reports and directives, you may need to signal out to rescuers as well.

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