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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
800 AM CST TUE MAR 7 2017

...Tornadoes and Tornado Safety...

In Illinois, most tornadoes occur from April through June, during
the mid-afternoon through early evening hours, but they can occur
any time of day and any month of the year. Illinois ranks fifth in
the nation in tornado frequency per square mile.

Last year, Illinois had 45 tornadoes which resulted in 16 injuries
and nearly 10 million dollars in property damage. In 2015, Illinois
had 69 tornadoes, which caused 27 injuries and 2 fatalities. The
strongest was an EF-4 which affected the towns of Rochelle and
Fairdale.

When a tornado threatens, you may only have seconds to save yourself
and your family. Have a preparedness plan for your home, school, and
workplace ahead of time and practice that plan regularly. Know where
to find the best tornado shelter. Get in, get down, and cover up. Go
inside a sturdy structure and go to the lowest floor. Put as many
walls between you and the storm as possible and stay away from
windows.

In a home, go to the basement and get under the stairwell, or under
a heavy piece of furniture. If there is no basement, go to an
interior closet, hall or bathroom on the lowest floor and stay away
from windows. Cover your head with pillows or sofa cushions.

In schools, hospitals, churches and office buildings, go to small
interior rooms or interior halls on the lowest floor. Long corridors
with doors or windows on the end can act as wind tunnels. Stay away
from windows. Avoid large open areas with free span roofs such as
gymnasiums and cafeterias.

In steel and concrete high rise buildings, it is not necessary to
get to the lowest floor, but go to interior halls, bathrooms or
closets.  Stay away from windows.

In shopping centers, avoid large open areas and glass. Seek shelter
in bathrooms, small interior spaces and behind counters. Do not
attempt to escape in your vehicle.

Abandon mobile homes and vehicles for a nearby reinforced building.
As a last resort lie flat in a ditch. Do not seek shelter under an
overpass.

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