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Southcentral Kansas and northcentral Oklahoma have more tornadoes per square mile than any other place in the WORLD! Knowing what to do and where to go can save your life--but only if you do it. I have put together some tips that can help you and your family.
The best tornado shelter is an underground shelter such as a basement or a cellar. If you are using a basement, you should go to the center of the room, and get under the stairwell or a heavy piece of furniture such as a pool-table or work-bench. This will protect you from falling debris.
If your home doesn't have a basement, or you live in an apartment, you should go to the lowest level and get inside a small, interior room. The most important thing is NO WINDOWS! Closets and bathrooms are ideal choices. It may be helpful to take some pillows, blankets or even a mattress in the room with you to protect yourself from flying debris.
If you live in a mobile home or find yourself in a car, the safety rule is very simple: GET OUT! Both of these are too light to withstand the powerful winds within a tornado. If you live in a mobile home park, go to the park's tornado shelter. If you don't have a shelter, or you are in a car, get well away from the vehicle and lie flat in a ditch or depression.
Make sure you are ready for severe weather by putting together an emergency preparedness kit and keeping it in your shelter or safe area. The kit should include the following items.
Emergency preparedness kit
•First Aid Kit
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•Battery-powered radio and/or TV