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Tornado 101: What you need to know about staying safe

Thursday, September 9th 2021, 4:48 pm - The Weather Network presents an infographic outlining seven tips to stay safe in case of a tornadic outbreak.

Tornadoes are a threat to many parts of Canada during the summer months, and even if the environment is extremely favourable for supercell tornadoes, forecasters have limited ability to say when or if a specific storm will produce a tornado.

To help keep you and your family safe, below is a refresher on what's most important to remember when a tornado warning is issued in your area.

Tornado safety graphic

Top tips courtesy of Red Cross:

  • Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • In a high-rise building, pick a hallway in the center of the building. You may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.
  • In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home, however it is configured, is safe in a tornado.

Additional tip: You'll also want to make sure you are wearing good shoes. If your area takes a direct hit, you do not want to walk through a debris field barefoot.

Be sure to watch the video above for more potentially life-saving tips from meteorologist and storm chaser, Jaclyn Whittal.

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