With the recent devastation we have all heard about in the U.S. I find it necessary to inform citizens on what to do should a tornado occur. As you know the tragedy that struck this area on August 20, 2009 is testament that we are not immune to tornadoes. First you should know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A warning means tornadoes are possible and you should listen to local radio or television reports. A warning means a tornado has been sighted and you should take shelter immediately. First you need to develop a plan with your family. Determine places to seek shelter. If an underground shelter is not available, identify an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Practice going to the shelter with your family. Talk with your family explaining the best places to go if in a public building, school, nursing home or shopping centre. Have emergency supplies on hand. During a tornado stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. In a house or small building, go to the basement or storm cellar. If there is no basement, go to an interior room on the lower level. Get under a sturdy table if possible and cover your head. Stay there until the danger has passed. In a school, nursing home, shopping centre, etc, interior hallways on the lowest level are often the safest. Stay away from windows and open spaces. In a vehicle, trailer or mobile home you should get out immediately and seek shelter. Do not attempt to out-drive a tornado. They move swiftly and erratically. After a tornado look out for broken glass, downed power lines and debris. Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury.

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