Tornado safety tips

As the Red Cross continues tornado relief efforts across 11 states in the U.S., we thought it would be good to give you some key safety tips that you might not know already:

If you are inside, head to a safe spot in your home away from windows or glass. Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible. If you have time, grab blankets, pillows or thick comforters to wrap around your body.

Our friends at FEMA also suggest grabbing bicycle helmets or motorcycle helmets and use them for head protection

If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.

Now you have the following options as a last resort:

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. 

Download the Red Cross tornado safety checklist


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