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- Tornado Safety Tips
Tornado Safety Tips
1748 Cedar Street
Rockledge, FL 32955
Basic Safety Rules:
Take shelter immediately when you hear a tornado warning or see a funnel cloud. Most often warnings will be given by local radio and television stations. In addition, some communities have sirens or whistles to warn of natural disasters. During a tornado watch, be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
Know where your shelter is before you need it. Although there is no guaranteed safe place during a tornado, some locations are better than others.
On the Road
Long Span Buildings
Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Office Buildings
In the Open
If you are caught outside during a tornado and there is no shelter immediately available, lie in a gully, ditch, or low spot in the ground. Protect your body and head with anything available. Do not go into a grove of trees or under a vehicle.
Emergency services personnel are usually on the scene quickly after a tornado. Keep your family together and wait for help to arrive. Listen to the radio for information about disaster relief and assistance available from local authorities and volunteer agencies. If you are outside, don't go into damaged buildings; they may collapse completely. Wait for help to search for others. If your home appears undamaged, check carefully for gas or other utility line breaks. If the lights are out, use a flashlight only; do not use a match, lighter, or any open flame.
By following these suggested safety tips, you can increase your chances for survival.