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Some Changes To Storm Safety Rules

June 14, 2012, 5:22 PM by Brian Karstens

Some Changes To Storm Safety Rules

KELOLAND is the middle of severe weather season.  While we all know the basic storm safety rules, many have changed.

Taking shelter underground from a tornado is the safest place to be during our most violent storms.  But what do you do if you are caught outdoors?  How about in your car? 

There is no good answer to this, but the National Weather Service and Red Cross have some safety rules to follow, some of which have changed over the years and might be new to you.

If a tornado is quickly approaching your location with no shelter, the official advice is to get into a vehicle, buckle up and drive to the closest sturdy shelter.  If you encounter flying debris, pull over and with your seat belt on, put your head below the windows.

So why would a car ever be an option for cover in a tornado?  In reality, it isn't.  The reason for the changes stems from some research done a few years ago that suggests vehicles may be safer than mobile homes or being outdoors. 

This is still debatable and some would argue this isn't true.  When you look at what a tornado can do to a vehicle, the traditional message of heading for the nearest ditch doesn't seem so bad. 

The bottom line is if you are faced between the options of getting into a ditch or staying in your car, both options are very dangerous.

There is good news about the numbers of tornadoes this year.  May recorded just 122 tornadoes across the country, the lowest May count since reliable records began in 1954.

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