Burns, who lives in an area of the country not likely to see a tornado any time soon, was no stranger to twisters growing up in Missouri. Having a plan in place and knowing where to go and what to do, as per any disaster, is the first step in being prepared for it. On the road: Burns said the best thing to do if a tornado is headed toward you on the road is to get out of the car — just look at any of the pictures of vehicles after Oklahoma’s tornado and you’ll see why — and lay flat in a roadside ditch where flying debris is less likely to hit you. A vehicle lies upside down in the road after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
As with any natural disaster, there is no way to control a tornado’s path, but you can prepare for what to do in the aftermath, whether you’re directly affected or if it hit your neighbor’s house 100 yards away.
Ambulances are parked at Plaza Towers Elementary School as workers continue to dig through the rubble after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.


After tornadoes roared through Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas, last year, the blog Imminent Threat Solutions also pulled together a good list of lessons learned regarding preparedness. Workers continue to dig through the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla.
Once the tornado has passed and you've had time to check in with friends and family, the next step is to call your insurance agent. Remember that insurance companies often bring in extra staff to deal with these kinds of disasters and they are sometimes allowed back into areas of destruction before residents and can tell you what kind of damage your home suffered. If you live in an area that’s prone to tornadoes, you likely have a safety plan to get you, your family and pets to underground shelter or the innermost part of your home, whatever applies. This is exactly what thousands in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area did Monday afternoon when a EF4 tornado ripped through their area, hitting the town of Moore the hardest.


From age 8 to 16, Burns said he remembers what it was like to see tornadoes not far from the house. Urban rescue, such as what we’re seeing in Moore, is a “technical undertaking,” according to Burns, and training is important because trying to remove someone from rubble could potentially put the untrained or the person being rescued in more danger. You may want to keep an emergency kit near the area where your family gathers to take shelter from a tornado that includes battery-powered flashlights and battery-powered radios, which can provide vital emergency and rescue information.



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