Knowing your area is prone to tornadoes is the first step in becoming prepared for one. The key to being safe is to have a plan. Knowing what you will do when a tornado is approaching will help you get out of harm's way, fast.
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Some steps to prepare for a tornado include:
Because tornadoes often strike with little or no warning, you need to be prepared before a severe storm strikes. Several lifesaving steps should be taken so that you and your family can react quickly in case tornadoes threaten. As tornado season approaches, you and your family should design a tornado plan and designate a safety shelter. Once the plan is designed, conduct several practice drills.
If a tornado warning is issued for your location, take the following steps immediately. (These steps should also be practiced during your tornado drills.)
*A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop in the area. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted or radar indicates one may be possible.