Tornadoes :: Safety Tips
If you don't have a shelter designed to withstand tornadoes, then go into your basement. Do not stand near any windows, as they are prone to blow out due to the drastic drop in pressure. If you cannot reach the basement in time, find a closet or bathroom on the lowest floor possible. Toilets and bathtubs are usually anchored into the ground, and thus are usually the only things left intact after a tornado hits.
If you live in a mobile home, you should vacate it immediately, for it offers virtually no protection at all. The tornado can pick it up like a toy and hurl it miles from its original space. Of course, there are the usual chores you can do when any large storm is approaching, such as stocking up on canned food, fresh water, and batteries for radios and flashlights.
But probably the best precaution to avoid getting hurt by a tornado is to be alert and follow instructions. Many people get hurt by tornadoes because they are not informed about severe weather conditions in the area, so listening to weather forecasts are important. (See forecasts) You should have at least one battery operated radio because of the possibility of a power failure.