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There are approximately 1000 tornados reported nationwide each year in the United States. A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending out from a thunderstorm that comes in contact with the ground in a fierce winding tunnel. Most of these tornados occur between March and June in the central plains area, but they can happen nearly anytime, and almost anywhere.

Tornado SafetyMeteorologists are able to predict the signs or a twister more accurately than ever before, but tornadoes can strike with little warning. In communities where tornadoes are common, there is a siren warning system to alert residents that they should seek proper shelter immediately.

But regardless of meteorologists or sirens, it is important to understand the warning signs of a tornado and to be alert of changes in the weather in order to protect yourself and your family. Common signs of tornadoes are dark greenish skies, large hail, and dark, rotating, low-altitude clouds accompanied by a loud roar. Some describe the sound of an oncoming tornado like a train.

If these conditions are present meteorologists may inform locals of either a tornado watch or a tornado warning. A watch simply means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop and individuals should be alert and stay tuned. A tornado warning means the funnel cloud has actually been spotted and danger is imminent.
 
It is impossible to outrun a tornado, those who try this technique generally find themselves much worse off than those who stay calm and employ these safety techniques.

If You Are At Home
 
Head to the basement or a storm shelter underground. If an underground option is not available, take cover in central part of the house away from windows: a bathroom, closet, interior hallway, or under a heavy piece of furniture. If you live in a mobile home, head outside and look for the closest ditch or sturdy shelter.
 
If You Are At Work

Avoid windows. Go directly to an enclose area on the lowest floor possible, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually a good idea. Stay off of elevators as the power is generally lost, which would leave you trapped.
 
If You Are At School

Follow the staff instructions and do your best to stay away from windows. Crouch as low as possible and protect your head with your arms. Enclosed areas are best, so avoid large rooms such as the gym or auditorium.
 
If You Are On the Road
 
Ditch the car, it will most likely get sucked up fairly easily and crash land somewhere else. Look for a sturdy structure, or a ditch. Lie flat, face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can.
 
Damage caused by tornadoes is covered under standard homeowners and business insurance policies, as well as the optional comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. After tornadoes and other disasters, insurance companies will reach out to those with the worst losses first. If you have vacated the premises, make sure your insurance representative knows where you are and how to contact you.


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