Updated: 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Posted: 8:09 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By Jill Kelley
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages Ohioans to DUCK:
D: Go DOWN to the lowest level
U: Get UNDER something
C: COVER your head
K: KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed
Other tips include:
• Develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings, and conduct regular tornado drills.
• If you are a person with special needs, register your name and address with your local emergency management agency, police and fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster.
• The safest place to be during a tornado is a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows and as close to the center of the building as possible.
• Be aware of emergency shelter plans in stores, offices and schools. If no specific shelter has been identified, move to the building’s lowest level.
• If you’re outside or in a mobile home, find shelter immediately by going to the lowest level of a nearby sturdy building.
• If you cannot quickly get to a shelter, get into your vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the nearest sturdy shelter.
• If you experience flying debris while driving, pull over and park. Choose to either stay in your vehicle, stay buckled up, duck down below the windows and cover your head with your hands, or find a depression or ditch, exit your vehicle and use your arms and hands to protect your head. Never seek shelter under highway overpasses and bridges.