Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
143 PM CDT TUE AUG 18 2015

...SAFETY RULES FOR TORNADOES...

A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
HERE ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS ABOUT TORNADOES.

A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT
OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES IN AND CLOSE
TO THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA...MONITOR THE LATEST
WEATHER INFORMATION CLOSELY. THESE STORMS CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY SO
THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ADVANCED WARNING IS NOT POSSIBLE.

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED...OR STRONG
ROTATION WAS INDICATED BY DOPPLER RADAR. IF YOU ARE NEAR OR IN THE
PATH OF A TORNADO...TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY. FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES.

IN OPEN COUNTRY...TRY AND FIND A SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS
AVAILABLE...FIND A DITCH OR CULVERT AND LAY FLAT. COVER YOUR HEAD
WITH YOUR HANDS FOR PROTECTION.

IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS...GO TO THE BASEMENT OR A SMALL INTERIOR
ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL...LIKE AN INTERIOR CLOSET...HALL...OR
BATHROOM. GET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY IF YOU CAN. PUT AS MANY WALLS
BETWEEN YOU AND THE STORM AS POSSIBLE.

IN MOBILE HOMES...ABANDON THEM AND GO TO A DESIGNATED SHELTER.

IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY AND OUTRUN A TORNADO UNLESS IT IS QUITE
SOME DISTANCE AWAY AND YOU CAN CLEARLY DRIVE AWAY. FIND A SHELTER
INSTEAD OF STAYING WITH YOUR VEHICLE. AUTOMOBILES CAN EASILY BE
PICKED UP AND TOSSED AROUND BY A TORNADO.

IN SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...OR SHOPPING CENTERS...GO TO DESIGNATED
SHELTER AREAS. INTERIOR SMALL ROOMS OR HALLS ON THE LOWEST LEVELS
ARE USUALLY SAFER. STAY AWAY FROM GYMNASIUMS OR AUDITORIUMS.

THE KEY TO TORNADO SURVIVAL IS BEING PREPARED. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED...OR WHEN YOU SPOT A TORNADO. REMEMBER...
THE ACTIONS YOU TAKE DURING A TORNADO MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE AND THE
LIVES OF YOUR FAMILY.

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NWS LA CROSSE



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