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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Tornado

Dark smoke pours from a building, poison gases send thousands fleeing into the street, or masked gunmen burst into a crowded hall. You’ve heard about them, read about them, seen them dramatically reenacted in movies. We all talk about terrorist attacks but, according to a Homeland Security study very few of us do anything to prepare for them. The “surprise” element is what makes an attack particular y dangerous, but there are things we can do to be ready. Let’s start with some relevant facts.
Tornado facts
tree knocked over by tornado
  • Whirling tornado winds can reach 300 miles per hour
  • The storm’s path of damage can extend one mile wide and up to 50 miles long.
  • Tornados normally appear near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm, so it is not unusual to see clear blue skies behind a tornado.
  • Tornados known as waterspouts can form over large bodies of water.
  • Peak tornado season is from March through May in the southern states, and from late Spring to early Summer in the northern states.
Surviving a tornado
house damaged by tornado
Since you’ll never outrun a tornado, the next best thing is to outsmart it. Unfortunately, many of these terrifying funnel clouds strike without warning. So, if you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s best to be prepared at all times. Listen to your radio or TV for information if the weather conditions seem right for a tornado, and take all warnings very seriously. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family

In a Residence or Other Structure

  • Go immediately to a pre-designated shelter area such as a basement or storm cellar, safe room, bathtub or center of an interior room away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Lie low to the ground and protect your head and neck.
  • Do not open any windows.
In a Vehicle or Mobile Home

  • Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or a storm shelter
In an Outside Open Area

  • Lie flat in a nearby ditch or some other low-lying area or ground depression.
  • Cover your head with your hands.
  • Stay away from bridges and overpasses.
  • Watch out for flying debris.


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