Just last week, while visiting St. Louis, I was asked if it was really important to go to the lowest floor of a home or building if a basement is not available. Answer: Absolutely! Take a look at this photo from Joplin:
|Springfield “News-Leader” photo. Click to enlarge.|
I’ve placed arrows on the lowest floors of the apartments. You can see the lowest floors are generally in better shape than the upper floors that are, in some cases, utterly destroyed. The reason is that the winds in a tornado — and have more destructive power — a few hundred feet above the ground. A basement is best, but if you don’t have one get as low as possible.