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Isolated Severe Thunderstorms Across Southern U.S.; Heat Continues In West

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible from the Southeast to Southern Plains today. Other thunderstorms may produce localized flash flooding across the Great Lakes, Midwest, and Mid Atlantic. Finally, the ongoing heat wave continues in the West and will expand into the Rockies by the weekend. Read More >

Staying Safe
 

Severe Weather Safety and Survival

 

The Basics of Severe Weather Safety

3 Basic Rules of Weather Safety - Get In, Get Down and Cover Up!

You can survive a tornado! Even in the heart of tornado alley, chances are you will never experience a direct hit by a tornado. However, being prepared is critical.

By following these simple guidelines, you can protect yourself and your family from nature's most violent storm.

No matter where you are, use these basic guidelines for tornado safety. Refer to other sections of this guide for more details on staying safe in specific locations and circumstances.

The most important things to remember are:

  • GET IN - If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
  • GET DOWN - Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  • COVER UP - Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.
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