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June 29, 2011

Bathtubs Provide Shelter from High Winds and Tornadoes

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After all the weird weather this past spring, we are hoping summer calms down a bit. The frenzied tornado activity, even as far north as Springfield, MA, was among the weirdest, not to mention the saddest.

Smaller, less dramatic tornadoes can crop up during any severe storm, including hurricanes. A safe room (see instructions here) or the basement is still the best place to seek refuge upon hearing a tornado warning, if you have one that is. If not, seek shelter in your bathtub during a tornado, advise the good folks over at Accuweather.

The bathroom has strong framing and the pipes in the walls could help hold them together. The bathtub and toilet are directly anchored to the ground (unless your bathtub is the old claw-footed style). They are often the only things left intact after a tornado passes. Once in the bathtub, cover yourself with a couch cushion to help protect you from falling and flying debris. And be sure to remember to grab your Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio that has all the features you will need in an emergency weather situation.

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