Tornado, 3: Survival

“Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.”

The best advice for assuring your survival in a tornado is to be prepared. The key is knowledge and planning.

Pictured above is the front page of a 12-page easy-to-read manual entitled Tornadoes: A Preparedness Guide, jointly produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. Despite the 1995 publication date, it remains among the most useful of documents on tornado survival.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers even more concise advice on its Tornado resource pages, including what to do before, during and after a tornado, a glossary of terms and more. See specifically the short page on What To Do During a Tornado.

With knowledge and planning, you can maximize your chances of survival in a tornado.

Tornado South of Dimmit Texas, 1995 (NOAA/NSSL)

Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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