Tornadoes CERT Basic Training Hazards A Tornado Is

Tornadoes CERT Basic Training Hazards A Tornado Is Violently rotating column of air: Extending between, and in contact with, cloud and earths surface May be accompanied by winds in excess of 200 miles per hour

CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes To-2 Tornado Risks Rip trees apart Destroy buildings Uproot structures and objects Send debris and glass flying Overturn cars and mobile homes CERT Basic Training

Unit 1: Tornadoes To-3 3 Tornado Facts Occur in every state About 800 reported every year About 180 people killed every year Season runs March August but tornados can occur any time of year Can occur any time of day but most likely to occur 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Annual damage can be hundreds of millions CERT Basic Training

Unit 1: Tornadoes To-4 4 Fujita Wind-Damage Scale Measures tornado strength Six levels:

F0: F1: F2: F3: F4: F5: Light damage Moderate damage Considerable damage Severe damage Devastating damage Incredible damage CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes

To-5 5 Tornado Preparedness Know the risk Identify potential shelter areas Learn the communitys warning system Conduct family tornado drills CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes To-6 6

Tornado Warning Signs High winds Very large hail CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes To-7 7 During a Tornado Keep windows and doors closed and stay away from them Use shielding and protective clothing

Furniture Blankets Bike helmets Listen to EAS or NOAA Weather Radio CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes To-8 8 After a Tornado Avoid fallen power lines or broken utility lines

Stay out of damaged areas Stay out of damaged buildings Use a flashlight to look for damage Turn off utilities Reserve telephone for emergencies CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes To-9 9

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