If conditions are right, tornadoes can occur in every state in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And the average warning time is just 13 minutes, the agency says.
“Planning ahead is key for tornadoes or any disasters,” said Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response and leader of the Nature and Human Security Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. “If you have the luxury of time, you can improve the odds of your home surviving high winds. But no matter what improvements you make, you won’t make your home tornado-proof. The most effective protection from injury and death is still a tornado shelter.”
Families should decide now where to take shelter in the event of a storm—a local community shelter, your own underground storm cellar or a “safe” room in your home, he said in a university news release.
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