Helpful Disaster Action Tips

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June 20, 2013

Clouds during stormThe weather is always unpredictable, but it's very helpful to know what to do when you're facing a disaster. Here are some tips on how you should react in extreme circumstances.

Scenario Action
Before the Storm Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Indoors During a Tornado If you are inside a structure, put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
Vehicles & Mobile Homes If in a vehicle or mobile home during a tornado, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building.
Outdoors During a Tornado Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Indoors During an Earthquake Stay inside. Research shows most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location.
Outdoors During an Earthquake Stay there until shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, exits, and alongside exterior walls.
In Your Car During a Flood Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
Outdoors During a Flood Avoid moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. Use a stick to check the ground firmness in front of you.
Indoors During a Hurricane Remain indoors and away from windows and glass doors. Close all interior doors, secure and brace external doors.

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