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Tornado safety awareness


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Tornado safety awareness

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  2. 2. Tornado Safety Basics <ul><li>SEASONAL SAFETY T201106-01 </li></ul><ul><li>©2011 Bongarde </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Tornado season in North America begins in April </li></ul><ul><li>Peaks in June and July, and ends in September </li></ul><ul><li>Storms can occur at any time </li></ul><ul><li>1,000 in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>80 in Canada each year </li></ul>WHAT’S AT STAKE
  4. 4. <ul><li>Move as fast as 70 miles per hour (112km/h) </li></ul><ul><li>Winds of more than 250 mph (400 km/h) </li></ul><ul><li>Cause many deaths and injuries every year </li></ul><ul><li>Great deal of property damage </li></ul><ul><li>Can develop very rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the risk to personal safety and property </li></ul>WHAT’S THE DANGER
  5. 5. <ul><li>Tornadoes swept through the southern United States </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 300 people were killed </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 150 tornadoes on that one day alone </li></ul>EXAMPLE
  6. 6. <ul><li>Some tornadoes occur without a tornado warning </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the warnings are missed </li></ul><ul><li>Important to recognize these signs of a tornado: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful thunderstorms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong rotation in a cloud base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whirling dust and debris </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Precipitation followed by calm or wind shift </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A loud and continuous roar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power lines being snapped </li></ul></ul>HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
  7. 7. <ul><li>What to Do When a Tornado is Coming: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to your radio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t panic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow directions for getting to shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure objects such as garbage cans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Injuries and deaths result from flying debris </li></ul></ul>HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
  8. 8. <ul><li>What to Do When a Tornado is Coming: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to the basement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crouch down under the stairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not take an elevator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go into the closet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underneath a sturdy piece of furniture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay away from windows and outside doors </li></ul></ul>HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
  9. 9. <ul><li>What to Do When a Tornado is Coming: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not below heavy objects on a floor above you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect your head with your hands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are driving, safely park your car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get to a building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get away from the car </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lie flat and face down in low ground </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay far from other cars or trees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid being in a building with a wide-span roof </li></ul></ul>HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
  10. 10. Final Word <ul><li>Tornadoes can occur so quickly there is little time to get to shelter or pack an emergency kit. </li></ul><ul><li>Protect yourself and your family by planning ahead what you’ll do if a tornado strikes. </li></ul>