This is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 12-16 and from Category 5 Hurricanes to F-5 Tornadoes being prepared is your best defense in surviving a disaster. With tornado season already starting in the South, here are the Tornado Safety Rules:
In a conventional home: Go to the basement and get under a sturdy table or stairwell. If you do not have a basement, get to the lowest floor in a small room such as a closet or bath in the center of the home. A bathtub offers extra protection. The more walls between you and the outdoors, the better.
In a mobile home:
Get out and move to a shelter building.
In an office building:
Get into a stairwell or interior hallway on as low a floor as possible.
In a car:
Get out, take shelter in a nearby sturdy building. If there is no place to take shelter, run away from the car and get into a ditch on the side of the road away from a tornado.
Church, shopping mall or school:
Move to a marked shelter area. If none is marked, get into a small closet, bathroom or another small place.
Keep a battery operated radio or tv available with fresh batteries. In sever weather situations, keep your cell phone fully charged. Be aware of what is going on.