|Each year about a thousand tornadoes touch down in the US. Only a small percentage actually strike occupied buildings, but
every year a number of people are killed or injured. The chances that a tornado will strike a building that you are in are very
small, however, and you can greatly reduce the chance of injury by doing a few simple things.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be ALERT to the onset of severe
weather. Most deaths and injuries happen to people who are unaware and uninformed. Young children or the mentally
challenged may not recognize a dangerous situation. The ill, elderly, or invalid may not be able to reach shelter in time.
Those who ignore the weather because of indifference or overconfidence may not perceive the danger. Stay aware, and you
will stay alive!