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Remember the steps of storm safety

Sunday’s tornado in Rice puts a strong focus on the possibility that weather like what we have seen in that community is always lurking.
The storm came on relatively quickly and with little warning as to the danger that was coming down on Navarro County, and it was by no small amount of good luck that more damage was not done, both to the Rice community and to the people who live there.

According to the American Red Cross, there are a number of ideas to keep in mind when we’re thinking about protecting ourselves in the event of a tornado.

First and foremost, during any storm, listen to local news or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.

Know what to listen for locally — Ennis has emergency claxons that sound in the event of extreme bad weather in downtown that can be heard for quite some distance. If you hear them, start heading for or bunkering down in shelter.

Pick a safe room in your home. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the backyard bomb shelter your grandparents built during the Cold War — it can be the bathroom of your house or a low-lying area on a ground floor. Stay away from windows. Practice getting to your safe room with your family.

Watch for the signs — dark, greenish clouds, wall clouds, eerie calm or heavy hail and roaring noise have all been called symptoms of a tornado’s imminent formation or arrival.

When the funnel comes, go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving. If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building.

Once the event has passed, assess what damage may have been caused. Look for people who need medical assistance, and if you are injured, call out for help or find a telephone yourself to call for emergency services. If you’re not hurt, tell your family you’re OK. Keep in mind that safety is foremost and you can better your odds of making the storm a bad memory instead of a nightmare.

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