Health Department Offers Tornado Safety Tips
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â As a Nebraska resident, you know tornadoes are among natureâ€™s most violent storms. You also know they can strike at any time of the day, with little or no warning, and destroy an entire neighborhood in just a few minutes. Â Here are some ideas to help you protect yourself.
Â§ Know the danger signs. Tornadoes often happen during thunderstorms. You should look for dark, greenish skies; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud; a visible, rotating funnel; or a loud roar. Get to know your local warning system and keep a battery-powered radio ready to go. If thereâ€™s a tornado watch, listen for weather updates and be prepared to shelter. If thereâ€™s a tornado warning, it means a tornado has been sighted or radar shows the strong possibility of a tornado. You should act immediately to find shelter.
Â§ Plan at home. Pick a safe room in your house that is most secure for your family and pets. It is best if that is underground or in the basement. If thatâ€™s not an option, you should pick an area with no windows. Put together an emergency stockpile kit and store it where you can easily find it in an emergency.Â Be sure to practice what you will do in an emergency.
Â§ Know where to go. If you're in a car, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you see flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park. As a last resort, you can stay in your car with your seat belt on, lowering your head down below the windows and covering it with your hands and a blanket, if available. Another last resort option is to get out of your car, find a place that is noticeably lower than the level of the road and lie in it, covering your head with your hands.
Check out the tips for preparing a safe room from Ready.gov.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tornadoes may be nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Average tornado speed is 30 mph, but they can range from stationary to 70 mph.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The average tornado moves from southwest to northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction.