"On April 27, 2011, a series of deadly tornadoes destroyed parts of Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Birmingham and rural communities in northwest Alabama killing 247 people[498 KB] and nearly injuring 1,400. Nearly a month later, a monster tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents. In 2013, Oklahoma experienced back-to-back tornado events; the deadliest was in Moore, OK where 25 people died and almost 400 were injured.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Indeed, we must take seriously even the possibility of a tornado. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. Most tornadoes are much weaker. You can survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions. Here are three important tips to help keep you safe.
TIP ❶: Be prepared.
The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with:
- fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information;
- a tornado emergency plan including access to a "safe shelter" for yourself and for people with special needs;
- an emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication); and
- a list of important information, including telephone numbers..."