How to stay safe during a tornado

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 22:18:53-05

Tips to stay safe during a tornado: 

Inside a shelter:

-Head to the safest place possible, such as the center of your home - away from windows and preferably under something sturdy like a workbench or staircase or in a bathtub with a mattress over top of you. 

-Close interior doors to help compartmentalize the structure and provide more barriers between you and the storm. 

-Don't try to ride out a tornado in a manufactured home. Even manufactured homes with tie-downs overturn in these storms because they have light frames and offer winds a large surface area to push against. 

Outside of a shelter in your car: 

-Never try to outrun the tornado! Leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. 

-If you safely can, get lower than the level of the roadway- such as in a ditch. Leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. 

-Do not get under an overpass or bridge.