Safe Family: How to protect your family when a tornado is in the area

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

About a thousand tornadoes will touch down in the U.S. this year. It can happen almost anywhere in the country. In today's Safe Family report, Nicole Holt shows us how to prepare your family if a tornado blows through.

Over the past few weeks severe weather has torn through our country, leaving behind devastating evidence.

Take the tornado of May 1999, when a twister blew through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving a mile wide path of destruction.

But there are ways to protect your family.

KXII meteorologist Tom Miller says if you hear about a tornado watch, you should stay close to your television or radio. A local station will warn you if there's an actual tornado.

If this happens, take cover immediately. A storm shelter or a basement is your best bet.

If neither one of those is available, try to get to the smallest room on the lowest floor of the building. A mattress or seat cushions or even a trash can will help over your body and keep something from hitting you.

This could be the difference between life and death. Have a tornado drill in your home.

We here at KXII will give you warnings as soon as they're issued.

But what about when you're asleep?

A NOAA weather radio with an alert tone will set off a siren when a warning is issued in your area.

FEMA has great tips on staying safe in a tornado.

Check their website by clicking here.

It could make a difference when seconds count.

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