Tornado Warning Signs
Each year about a thousand tornados touch down in the US. Only a small percentage of these actually strike buildings; However, every year a number of people are killed or injured. The probability that a tornado will kill you is very small. Nevertheless, you can greatly reduce the possibility of being injured by following a few simple guidelines:
One of the most important things you can do is to be alert to the onset of severe weather. Most deaths and injuries occur to people who are unaware and uninformed. Young children may not recognize a serious weather situation. The ill, elderly, or invalids may not be able to reach shelter in time. Those who ignore the weather because of indifference or overconfidence will not perceive the danger. So it is vitally important to stay aware of local weather conditions.
If you haven't recently listened to a weather report but you notice strange clouds moving in and the clouds begin to look stormy, turn to your local radio or television station and get a weather update. If you have satellite or cable TV, checking the Weather Channel may be your quickest source of information. Some people find that purchasing a NOAA capable weather radio is a wise investment. Especially if they have limited access to television.
If a tornado "WATCH" has been issued, it means that a tornado is "Possible".
If a tornado "WARNING" has been issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or is strongly indicated by radar, and it is time to immediately seek safe shelter.
What To Be Alert For
If ANY of the following conditions are present you should immediately seek safe shelter.
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