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How to stay safe during a tornado, severe weather

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Fallen trees and debris remain at Country Air Mobile Home Park in Simpsonville, two months after a tornado swept through the area (FOX Carolina) Fallen trees and debris remain at Country Air Mobile Home Park in Simpsonville, two months after a tornado swept through the area (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Red Cross is offering some important safety tips in case of a tornado or severe weather.

Tornadoes can completely destroy well-made structures, uproot trees and hurl objects through the air like deadly missiles, the Red Cross said.. Although severe tornadoes are most common the Plain States, they can happen anywhere.

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The following are some safety tips provided by the Red Cross so people would know what to do to protect their loved ones in case a tornado strikes:

Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows

  • In a high-rise building, pick a hallway in the center of the building. You may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.
  • In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home, however it is configured, is safe in a tornado.

Weather forecasts can also be helpful, but it is essential to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible whereas a tornado WARNING means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon, people must go to a safe place immediately.

WATCH: Meteorologist explains difference between weather watch and warning

Click here for more information and to download the Tornado Safety Checklist in your language. 

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