Summary: Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed Tuesday, March 20, 2012 as Tornado Preparedness Day
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE PREPARED
Familiarize yourself with terms that define a tornado hazard:
Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted, is approaching, and you should
shelter in place.
Prepare by determining shelter areas from a tornado in advance:
The safest place is in a basement.
If there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor is
Avoid areas with windows.
In a high-rise building like University Hospital or Bice House, you may not have
enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the
Inform visitors of a tornado and move them to safe areas.
If you are outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building.
If there is no time to get into a building, lie down flat in a ditch or depression;
facing down, cover your head with your hands and arms.
Develop a plan at home for you and your family and practice the plan often.
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