KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A tornado can strike at a moment's notice. Here is what you need to know to stay safe from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Before storms, be listening to a NOAA Weather radio or television broadcasts like NBC Action News for the latest information.
Also, watch for danger signs outside like a dark or green sky. Also look for large hail and a large, dark, low-lying cloud (especially if it is rotating). Plus, listen for a loud roar. Tornado survivors time and time again describe the sound as similar to a freight train. If you see or hear these warning signs, take cover immediately.
If you are outside, do not go to a bridge or overpass. You are safer in a low-lying ditch. Lie flat and cover your head with your hands, just watch for flooding.
If you are in a vehicle or trailer, get out! Even when tied down, mobile homes cannot withstand tornadic winds. Get to the nearest sturdy structure.
If you are inside, get to the basement or storm cellar. If one isn't available, get to the lowest level of the structure and put as many walls between you and the storm, even if it means a hallway closet.
Do not open the windows. Get under a sturdy structure like a table and protect your head and neck with your hands and arms.
Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle, especially if you are in an urban or congested area.
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