Thursday, June 17, 2010

Are you prepared for a Tornado? What you should know


April funnel on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.(Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)
Tornados have been pretty active this year. One of our missions of the American Red Cross is to educate and stress preparedness. It never hurts to refresh yourself on what to do to prepare incase the instance arises and you find your self in the path of ugly weather.
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross looks after 18 counties in the southeastern corner of Colorado, which is no stranger to such occurances.

Tornado Factsheet from the ARC

AWARENESS MESSAGES
Why talk about tornadoes?
Tornadoes have been reported in every state. They generally occur during spring and summer,
although they can happen in every season. Tornadoes can strike at any time of the day or night
but are most likely between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. No areas are immune to tornadoes; they
have been reported in mountains and valleys, over deserts and swamps, from the Gulf Coast
into Canada, in Hawaii, and even in Alaska. Regardless of the location or time of year, if
conditions are right, a tornado can develop. More than 1,000 tornadoes are reported annually
nationwide, and as our tornado detection systems improve, fewer tornadoes go undetected.
Even so, tornadoes sometimes develop in areas in which no tornado watch or warning has been
issued.


Take the time to do a little refresher and make a family disaster plan for your family.

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