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With tornado season upon us, State Farm Insurance wants you to be prepared.
Nationally, approximately 60 people die each year in tornadoes.
Millions of dollars in property damage are attributed to tornadoes annually.
A Tornado Watch simply means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted.
Tornadoes can be deadly and devastating storms, with winds up to 260 miles per hour. If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately!
Learn the warning signals used in your community. If a siren sounds, that means stay inside and take cover.
Put together an emergency storm kit including a transistor radio, flashlight, batteries and simple first-aid items in a waterproof container.
Make a complete inventory of your possessions for insurance purposes.
Conduct drills with your family in the home; make sure each member knows the correct procedures if they are at work or school when a tornado hits.
The safest place to be during a tornado is underground, preferably under something sturdy like a work bench. If theres no basement or cellar in your home, a small room in the middle of houselike a bathroom or a closetis best. The more walls between you and the outside, the better.
Residents in mobile homes, even those with tiedowns, should seek safe shelter elsewhere at the first sign of severe weather.
If you live in a mobile home park, talk to management about the availability of a nearby shelter.
Tornadoes can toss cars and large trucks around like toys. Never try to outrun a tornado.
If you see a funnel cloud or hear a tornado warning issued on the radio or by siren, get out of your vehicle and seek a safe structure or lie down in a low area with your hands covering the back of your head and neck; keep alert for flash floods.
from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue