Tornado, severe weather Do's & Don'ts

In the event of severe weather, keep these safety tips in mind:

·        STAY INFORMED: Tune in using a weather radio, commercial radio or television for information. During weather emergencies, the NOAA Weather Radio system is used to broadcast timely and important information from the National Weather Service.

·        FIND SOLID SHELTER: Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned. Residents of mobile homes should plan in advance and find shelter in a safe building.

·        FIND YOUR 'SAFE SPACE': If you are in a safe, sturdy building, go to a pre-designated "safe room," such as the basement, storm cellar or lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level, such as a closet or in a hallway. Stay away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

·        CLOTHING: Wear sturdy shoes

·        DO NOT: Open any windows or doors

·        NEVER TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO: Either by foot or in a car or truck. Instead, leave the car immediately for safe shelter and watch for flying debris.

·        WATCH FOR FLYING DEBRIS: Flying debris from tornadoes causes the most fatalities and injuries.

·        BEWARE OF HAZARDS: After a disaster, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home.

·        DO NOT TOUCH: Don't touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report downed power lines and electrical hazards to the police and utility company.

·        FLASH FLOODING: If heavy rains are likely, be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.