Red Cross offers storm safety tips

(KFVS) - With the recent deadly tornadoes hitting the Heartland, now is the time to prepare your family to know what to do in case you are confronted with such storms.

The Red Cross says they have steps people can follow to protect members of their household.

"Pick a safe place in your home or apartment building where household members and pets can gather during a tornado," said Rick Bissell, PhD, MS, MA, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and chair of the Preparedness Sub-Council. "Use a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows."

Other steps people should take include:

-Watch for tornado warning signs such as dark, greenish clouds, large hail, a roaring noise, a cloud of debris or funnel clouds. Secure outside items such as lawn furniture or trash cans, which could be picked up by the wind and injure someone.

-If a tornado watch is issued, it means tornadoes are possible and people should be ready to act quickly. If a tornado warning is issued, it means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar and people should go underground immediately to a basement or storm cellar or to an interior room such as a bathroom or closet.

-If a tornado warning is issued and someone is outside, they should hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building. If they cannot get to a building, they should get in a vehicle, buckle in, and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs, a person can pull over and stay in the car with the seat belt on, their head below the window, and cover their head with a blanket or their hands. If someone does not have a vehicle, they should find ground lower than the surface of the roadway, and cover their head with their hands.

-If someone is in a high-rise building, they should pick a place in the hallway in the center of the building.

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