With over 120 tornadoes reported in a four state region this past weekend and 6 dead in Oklahoma, it appears there is a wild tornado season brewing for our area. If you don’t have a radio or TV handy, what are the danger signs to look for of approaching severe weather? Are you prepared? Does you family know what to do if an F3 is coming down your street?

Do you understand the difference between a “tornado watch” and a “tornado warning”? Have you considered building a safe room in your home or an in-ground shelter in yard?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but if there is a tornado coming down the street and you live in mobile home, you have to get out of it. It may be hard to believe but you are safer laying flat in a ditch than you are in mobile home with a tornado coming right at you.

All of these questions and more are answered in a flyer you can download and print from the American Red Cross website titled, “Be Red Cross Ready – Tornado Safety Checklist”.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tornadoes kill an average of 60 Americans each year. Let’s do everything we can to not end up on that statistics sheet. Download the Be Red Cross Ready – Tornado Safety Checklist here.