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      Staying safe during a tornado

      The latest round of severe weather includes the threat of tornadoes. Here are{}some tips for staying safe during a tornado:If you are at home:Go{}to the basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Get away from windows. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners, as they tend to attract debris. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a work bench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.If you are in a mobile home:A mobile home can overturn very easily, even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. Take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. Or, if one is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the mobile home. (Tornadoes cannot change elevation quickly enough to pick someone up out of a ditch, especially a deep ditch or culvert.)If you are outdoors:If possible get inside a sturdy building with a concrete foundation. If shelter is not available, or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.If you are in a vehicle:Never try to outrun a tornado in your car or truck!Tornadoes can change direction very quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it in the air. Get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Information from Arkansas Department of Emergency Management