By Ken Cook, FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist - bio
It is important to have a safety plan before you need to act. Tornadoes can develop rapidly so be prepared to act quickly! The preparedness guide for thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning suggests the following safety rules for tornadoes:
Move to an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
If the above is not available, more to a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level.
Abandon mobile homes and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
If you are caught outdoor sand a basement or sturdy building is unavailable:
Immediately get into vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
Stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering it with your hands and a blanket if possible.
If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car, and lie in that area, covering your head.