Surviving a tornado

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The first thing you should do when you have a tornado warning is head to the lowest level of your building; a basement preferred.

Get into a small room, such as a bathroom; and bring in a radio and blankets to protect you from debris.

If you live in a mobile home, you need to develop a plan now as to where you would go, such as a friend’s house; a community shelter.

If you are caught outside, you want to lie down on low ground and protect your head with your arms.

There are more than 1,000 tornadoes in the U.S. every year; 85 percent of them weak EF f1s, at 110 mph winds or weaker. These account for less than 5 percent of all tornado deaths.

Stronger tornadoes EF2 to EFf3 account for about 15 percent of all tornadoes and are responsible for 30 percent of deaths.

While only about 1 percent of tornados are strong violent EF4 and EFf5 tornadoes, they are responsible for nearly 70 percent of tornado deaths.