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How to survive a tornado Natural disasters are taken too lightly They do not always happen to someone else Most people have no idea how many people can be affected by a disaster and what the effects can be In this case food became a major logistics problem although volunteer groups provided 10000 meals per day for disaster workers and victims The study of a natural disaster such as a tornado may reveal your own shortcomings as you make plans for your familys future Careful thought should be given to the possibilities of disaster affecting your family Each member should be trained to ecognize preconditions heed warnings and practice steps to take The following are some cues for your serious consideration as you determine your disaster reparation strategy Hail precedes most tornadoes If hail is sighted be conscious of a potential tornado Official warnings may not be issued or reach you in time Move quickly when you become aware of threatening weather conditions Mobile homes and automobiles are not secure protection If caught in one find the nearest ditch lie flat and cover your head First to go may be large expanses of ceiling or the walls that support the roof The safest place is below ground level In a building go to a basement wall on the below-ground side If no basement is available go to the smallest room such a stairwell closet or bathroom Flying debris can be lethal Most fatal or serious injuries are from head blows Family members and other groups are often separated Have a preassigned point of contact and establish procedure to follow Practice Local lines will be jammed Arrange for an out-of-state phone number to pass information through Winds can be fierce Hold on to something attached to the floor system Many victims are concealed by rubble A police whistle warn around the neck might be used to attract rescue
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