We have all read long lists of things to do in the case of various disaster scenarios. However, it is often avoiding what you should NOT do that can mean the difference between life and death or safety and injury. So here is a list of what NOT to do if a tornado is bearing down on you:
1) DON'T try to outrun a tornado. How fast do tornadoes move? The typical tornado may move at about 10 - 20 to miles per hour, but some tornadoes move at 60 miles per hour or more. Tyring to outrun a tornado on foot or in a vehicle is a dangerous move. Instead seek safe shelter immediately.
300 mile per hour winds that a severe tornado may generate. Get out, get to a more sturdy shelter, or lie flat (and cover your head) in any depression you can find. The bottom line is that you will do better in the open lying flat than you will inside what will likely become a projectile or simply disintegrate. The pictures tell the story best.
3) DON'T stand there watching the tornado or filming it. Get away from the window. Put the video camera or cell phone cam down and value your life more than you do a few seconds of fame on the internet or with your friends. Seconds can matter. If a tornado is heading your way, take cover! Avoid the deer in the headlights reaction.
4) If you are outdoors, DON'T seek shelter around trees, vehicles, or other things that can become airborne projectiles. Get to safe and sturdy shelter or lie down in the best gully, ditch, or depression you can find and cover your head. Things will be flying - even heavy things - so keep yourself as flat as possible. Flying debris cause the majority or fatalities and injuries in a tornado. Stay away from things that can blow apart or blow onto you.
5) DON'T take cover under a bridge or overpass. The reality is that in a tornado winds can actually accelerate under such structures and the structures themselves can come apart and create deadly debris. Also, you will probably be violating the "stay away from cars" rule as you will likely have your own vehicle there as well as those of others who did not read this list of things NOT to do in a tornado.
Do you have any "DON'TS" to add to the list? Please comment and add to my list of things NOT to do in a tornado.