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Tornado Safety: Mobile home

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We hear this all the time when we talk tornado safety, "just go to the basement". While the basement is generally the best place you can be, they aren't always available. A good rule of thumb is to get into the most interior room of your home, on the lowest level, away from windows.

There is a place you don't want to be during a tornado, however, and that is a mobile home. Tornado safety in mobile home's is the subject of tonight's safety tip!

Tonight's Severe Weather Tip: Tornado Mobile Home Safety

Mobile homes are not safe shelters during tornadoes or severe winds, even if the mobile home is tied down.

Once a tornado warning is issued, leave the mobile home and head to the nearest sturdy structure or shelter. If a sturdy structure or shelter is unavailable, find an area of low ground such as a ditch, lie flat and cover your head. Although hard to believe, you are safer in the ditch than you are in the mobile home.

While you may not live in a mobile home, you may be caught elsewhere when a tornado warning is issued. For more information from the Storm Prediction Center on where to go in other locations, head to: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html

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