Tornado Preparation Tips

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By WXedge Staff on May 18, 2011, 12:00am

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While not common, tornadoes can and do strike in Connecticut. Here's how you can be prepared, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Step 1: Get a Kit

Get an Emergency Supply Kit , which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. Store it in your shelter location.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Make a Family Emergency Plan . Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.

Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning:

Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.

If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.

A vehicle, trailer or mobile home does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.

If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Step 3: Be Informed

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a tornado hazard.

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

More information on this can be found at Ready.Gov

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