One of my Facebook readers, Robbie, left this suggestion and I wanted to pass it along to you.
If you are in the path of a tornado, seek shelter immediately, underground if possible. THEN call someone outside of the area you are in and tell them where you are hiding. Be very specific about your location. If you are unable to contact someone, post your location on Twitter or Facebook. Just telling someone your pre-disaster plans is never enough. When a tornado hits, you may be nowhere near your planned shelter.
I’d like to add that if a tornado hits your area directly, it may be very difficult, if not impossible, for rescuers to find you right away if your shelter is covered with debris. If you’ve notified others as to your exact location, they can follow up with authorities to make sure you are rescued quickly.
Also, paint your house number on the outside of your shelter door. When neighborhoods are devastated, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to know exactly where a particular building once stood and house numbers are nowhere in sight.
All of this applies to hurricane and earthquake survival as well.
Stay safe this tornado season and always!
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