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How can I prepare for a tornado?

Tornadoes are one of Mother Nature's most devastating forces, but there are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself. If you live in the Midwest (sometimes called Tornado Alley) then you should have a “tornado box.” This should be a small box with some key items kept in an area where you can grab it quickly. For starters, you should have a battery-powered weather radio. This will be your connection to the outside world. You DO NOT want to be looking out a window to see what's going on. You're also going to want some flashlights and extra batteries for them. Power outages in tornado destruction areas are very, very common. If your flashlight is one of the...

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If I'm stuck should I try to walk for help?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, but the answer is usually no. Unless you are having mechanical problems in a suburban/urban area during fair weather in the daytime, then it is probably in your best interest to stay put. First and foremost, your vehicle is going to provide you protection from the elements. More often than not when a person becomes “stuck” it is due to some type of inclement weather. If the weather is wet and rainy, you'll end up soaked and could find yourself struck by a motorist unable to see you because of decreased visibility. In the case of snow, you'd be putting yourself at the very real risk of death from hypothermia. In...

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