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Flood and Tornado Safety Tips in Case of Severe Wx

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With the threat for tornadoes and flooding looming over the next few days, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) reminds residents to closely monitor severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and follow these tips for surviving severe weather. 
Tornado Safety
  • Closely monitor a NOAA weather radio and/or a smartphone weather alerting apps to receive lifesaving severe weather alert information and other emergency messages on a timely basis.
     
  • The best place to shelter in a tornado is indoors.  Start with certified shelters and safe rooms, safe spaces above or below ground, or community shelters in public spaces labeled as official tornado shelters like stores, malls, churches or even airports.
     
  • If caught by extreme winds or flying debris while in a car, park as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes.  Stay in the car with the seat belt on.  Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
      
  • Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
Flood Safety
  • Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, follow this simple rule:  Turn Around…Don’t Drown.  Just six inches of flowing water can knock a person off their feet.  Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off the road.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Water only one foot deep can float away most automobiles.
  • Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches.  Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
For more information on severe weather safety visit www.flash.org.  For mobile severe weather alerts and mitigation tips, download FLASH Weather Alerts at www.flashweatheralerts.org.
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