Dec 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment

How to stay safe during tornados and high winds

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The National Weather Service and emergency officials recommend that you be vigilant and make plans should you need to act quickly and seek shelter during tornados.

  • Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts.
  • Avoid being outside in forested areas and near trees.
  • Should high winds or tornadoes occur, avoid windows and try to stay in lower levels of your home, if possible.
  • If you must drive, exercise "extreme caution," particularly around semitrucks, buses or other large vehicles.
  • Remove or secure outdoor furniture, grills and other items.
  • Immediately report injuries or hazards via 911.
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