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We are doing a research project on how to prepare for severe weather.  They did a lot of research to discover what to do before, during and after a storm - focusing on hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards.

Now that their research is finished, I wanted to extend their learning by asking an expert some of the questions they still had after their research.  Our class made a list and voted on these 4 questions to submit to you.

Would you be so kind to answer these few questions for us?

1. Is hiding in your bathroom really the safest place to be during a tornado if you don't have a basement?

2. How long should you stay in your house after a storm?

3. What should you do if you get picked up by a tornado?

4. If you are driving when a blizzard hits, how do you travel safely?

Thank you so much!
Mrs. Hemminger

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Hi Marcy

1. Is hiding in your bathroom really the safest place to be during a tornado if you don't have a basement?

Closets are also ok.

2. How long should you stay in your house after a storm?

Till the all clear is given on the radio and/or till you see clearing skies, reduced winds, no lightning.

3. What should you do if you get picked up by a tornado?

Pray, watch for where your going to land and protect your head.

4. If you are driving when a blizzard hits, how do you travel safely?

Put on chains and be driving in a SUV. If you know of a blizzard coming, don't go.
You can also just pull over at a gas station or motel and wait it out.

Here are some links you will find of help:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html

http://tornadoknowledge.com/

http://weatherknowledge.com  

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