MOUNT VERNON — Tornadoes can strike suddenly, with devastating impact. They can’t be prevented, but you can be prepared if one strikes so that you have a better chance of survival.
Knox County EMA Director Mark Maxwell said the three most important things you can do are to make sure you have an emergency plan; stay informed, either with the media or Internet, but preferably with a weather radio tuned to NOAA; and put together an emergency kit, starting with a supply of everything you need to survive three days, including food, water and medicines.
According to the Center for Disease Control at emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes, the safest place during a tornado is the interior part of a basement where, if possible, you should get under a heavy table or workbench. If you have no basement, an interior room is the best bet. If you are outdoors, lie down in a gully or ditch.
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