The "credits" section of the poster reads...Tornadoes have often been said to sound like a thousand locomotives or planes. If a tornado threatens, follow these safety rules:
- In homes and small buildings, go to the inner-most part of the lowest level.
- Stay away from windows and outside walls, interior closets, halls, and bathrooms are good places to go.
- If you do not have time to get to the lowest level, get under something sturdy like a bed.
- In school? get under your desk.
- Abandon mobile homes, cars, and trucks. get into firmly built shelter. if none is available, lie flat in a low spot, ravine, or culvert with your hands protecting your head.
- Finally, avoid using bridges and overpasses FOR shelter. stopping under bridges and overpasses only leads to traffic jams and the possibility of a greater number of injuries than what would have otherwise occurred.
Dispelling some common tornado myths:
- Decreasing the air pressure in a house by opening a window does nothing to decrease the DAMAGE. Even the strongest tornadoes (EF5 of the Enhanced Fujita scale) do not reduce the air pressure low enough to cause a house to "explode". Leave the windows alone. The tornado will open them for you.
- The southwest corner of a basement is not the safest place to be in a tornado. Actually, the worst place to be is on the side from which the tornado is approaching...usually the south or southwest.
- You are safer outside of your automobile than inside. The high wind of a tornado can blow your car around much like you can with a wad of paper.
- Bridges and overpasses are not safe places to be in a tornado. You are higher above the ground, in the stronger wind, and are in the path where most flying debris occurs.
27x40" poster (22mb pdf)