TULSA - Green Country is no stranger to tornadoes.
As a result, it is important for residents to be prepared for tornadoes and severe weather. The best way to protect your family and home is to take the proper precautions before the storm hits.
According to the National Weather Service, at home, have a family tornado plan in place.
It is important to recognize and know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.
Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings.
The National Weather Service stresses the importance of taking shelter no matter where you may be when a tornado hits.
All public buildings and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, close-by shelter area.
If you live in a house with a basement be sure to avoid windows if a tornado touches down near your home.
Try to get in the basement and seek shelter under sturdy protection or a mattress to keep you safe from flying debris or shattered glass.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment be sure to avoid windows as well.
Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet) or in an interior hallway with no windows.
Also cover yourself with some sort of protection or padding.
If you're driving or riding in a vehicle when a tornado hits try to drive and seek shelter if the tornado isn't near. Otherwise, the National Weather Service urges people to park their car as quickly and safely as possible.
Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building or run to low ground away from any cars. Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms.
For more information on how to stay safe during a tornado, visit the NOAA's Tornado Safety Site .
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Severe Weather Safety
Tornadoes are Mother Nature's most violent storms. They can produce winds that can reach 300 miles per hour, and they can produce damage paths as wide as a mile and as long as 50 miles.
Another storm season is here, and that means it's time to make sure you and your family are ready for the storms that will head our way.
What you need to do to prepare before the a thunderstorm, how to stay safe during the storm and then once the storm passes what you need to know.