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Tornadoes

Tornadoes. CERT Basic Training Hazards. A Tornado Is…. Violently rotating column of air: Extending between, and in contact with, cloud and earth’s surface May be accompanied by winds in excess of 200 miles per hour. Tornado Risks. Rip trees apart Destroy buildings

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Tornadoes

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  1. Tornadoes CERT Basic Training Hazards

  2. A Tornado Is… • Violently rotating column of air: • Extending between, and in contact with, cloud and earth’s surface • May be accompanied by winds in excess of 200 miles per hour CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes

  3. Tornado Risks • Rip trees apart • Destroy buildings • Uproot structures and objects • Send debris and glass flying • Overturn cars and mobile homes CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 2

  4. Tornado Facts • Occur in every state • About 800 reported every year • About 180 people killed every year • Season runs March – August but tornados can occur any time of year • Can occur any time of day but most likely to occur 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Annual damage can be hundreds of millions CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 3

  5. Fujita Wind-Damage Scale • Measures tornado strength • Six levels: • F0: Light damage • F1: Moderate damage • F2: Considerable damage • F3: Severe damage • F4: Devastating damage • F5: Incredible damage CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 4

  6. Tornado Preparedness • Know the risk • Identify potential shelter areas • Learn the community’s warning system • Conduct family tornado drills CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 5

  7. Tornado Warning Signs • High winds • Very large hail CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 6

  8. During a Tornado • Keep windows and doors closed and stay away from them • Use shielding and protective clothing • Furniture • Blankets • Bike helmets • Listen to EAS or NOAA Weather Radio CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 7

  9. After a Tornado • Avoid fallen power lines or broken utility lines • Stay out of damaged areas • Stay out of damaged buildings • Use a flashlight to look for damage • Turn off utilities • Reserve telephone for emergencies CERT Basic Training Unit 1: Tornadoes 8

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