Police in Kentucky have reported that a tornado swept through the Bluegrass State on Feb. 28, destroying three homes and causing major flash floods. According to the National Weather Service, four tornadoes touched down in Western Kentucky late last week.
Although tornado season in the United States typically starts in the spring, dangerously high winds have been reported in areas of the South and Midwest in recent days. Several States have issued tornado advisories.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), tornadoes are nature's most violent storms that can destroy homes and lives in a matter of seconds. These natural disasters can develop rapidly, so residents who live in areas that may be affected by tornadoes should craft a survival plan in the event of an emergency.
FEMA recommends that homeowners have a pre-designated shelter area such as a basement or a storm cellar. If people do not have access to an underground location, they should designate a room or hallway with no windows.
For individuals who find themselves in a trailer, mobile home or vehicle when a tornado strikes, FEMA advises that they immediately exit and find a nearby residence or storm shelter. These modes of transportation, even if tied down to the ground, offer little protection from broken glass and flying debris.
Americans who are outdoors during a tornado should lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression if they can't find shelter. A low, flat location is the best place to avoid debris, which can cause serious injury or death.