Tornadoes are Mother Nature's most violent storms. In a matter of seconds a tornado can destroy a neighborhood or take a life.
Every year about 1,000 tornadoes touchdown in the U.S., while some are clearly visible others develop rapidly with little warning. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. The first step in staying safe from a tornado is staying tuned into NEWS 9 Chief Meteorologist Gary England and the NEWS 9 weather team. If a tornado watch or warning is issued in your area Gary and his staff of meteorologists will hit the airwaves and will let you know when and where the storms will strike.
Tornado Safety Tips
When tornadoes strike, proper shelter can make the difference between life and death. Because of this, many organizations make it their goal to protect those who find themselves in the path of severe weather. FEMA offers an abundance of information for those interested in constructing safe rooms for individuals, families, or communities. and The National Storm Shelter Association has a complete listing of all storm shelters available.
Make A Disaster Kit
When preparing for a tornado, or any natural disaster, you should have a disaster supply kit. Your kit should include the following items:
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