Safety Tips to Follow After a Tornado Strikes
- Check for injuries. Provide or secure medical assistance for those with injuries.
- Monitor the web, radio or television for weather and disaster updates. Secure battery operated equipment to receive updates or to monitor.
- Before entering a damaged structure make sure it is safe and stable.
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots to protect your feet from debris in the area.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Report electrical hazards to local responders and utility company.
- Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper - or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) - an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it - from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
- Stay out of the area as much as possible.
Safety information can be obtained from http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.