Remember it is flying debris from tornadoes that causes the most injuries and fatalities.
· Go to a basement and get under the stairway or under a heavy piece of furniture. If there is no basement, go to a small interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet, bathroom or hallway. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
· Stay away from windows and glass and cover your head! Cover your body with thick blankets, pillows, mattresses, sleeping bags, couch cushions, etc.
· Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, chimneys, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
· At school, go to your designated location or to an interior hallway on the lowest floor and cover your head!
· Avoid locations with high ceilings or wide-span roofs, such as gymnasiums, shopping malls, cafeterias, churches and auditoriums.
· Abandon mobile homes and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or a storm shelter.
· If caught outside or in a vehicle, go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or as a last resort, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head.
· Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Leave it immediately for safe shelter.
· Do not take shelter under a highway overpass or bridge.
· In a pinch, put a metal trash can over your body. It will help to protect you from falling and flying debris.