Hurricane Preparedness

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 25, 2006

Tornado safety actions

This story is the fourth in a four-part series.

By George L. Jones

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The Selma Times-Journal

Hurricanes and tornadoes are two different types of natural disasters, but they often go hand in hand.

Tornadoes frequently spin off from hurricanes and add to the deadly effects of a storm’s power.

While preparing for severe weather, assuming that both will have to be dealt with is the best course of action.

After the worst hurricane season in U.S. history last year and Ivan in 2004, local residents have had a first-hand view of what it’s like to be thrown in the eye of the storm.

“I think a lot of people now are more attuned to tornado safety,” said Dallas County Emergency Management director Brett Howard. “Even here, especially with Ivan, people have a little bit better idea of what to do.”

One key aspect of protecting personal safety as well as that of loved ones is realizing that different things need to be done for different structures.

It is well known that mobile and manufactured homes stand far less of a chance of surviving a hurricane or tornado.

With that in mind, it may be best to move to another building or another area altogether.

Similar rules apply for those in office buildings and hotels when a storm hits.

“Most people leave it up their employer to know what they’re supposed to do at their jobs,” Howard said. “Tornadoes are short-lived, but if you have destruction and have to seek shelter, there’s a possibility you’ll need attention for an extended period of time.”