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Just to remind everyone, Jonesboro tornado siren tests are done at noon every Thursday as long as weather is clear with no watches or warnings. This video at https://youtu.be/7ZGPiIkuuqc is an example of what this sounds like. This is not meant to alarm anyone in the wake of our recent disaster, but to ensure equipment is working properly in case of a real emergency. April is peak tornado month in Arkansas and it is even more important now to stay informed and have a safety plan.
Here are some tips from the CDC about staying safe in a tornado:
1.) Be prepared.• fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information;• a tornado emergency plan including access to a “safe shelter” for yourself and for people with special needs;• an emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication); and• a list of important information, including telephone numbers.• be sure children know what a tornado is, what watches and warnings are, and what makes a location a “safe shelter”
2.) Stay aware of weather conditions.• a dark or green-colored sky;• a large, dark, low-lying cloud;• large hail; or• a loud roar that sounds like a freight train.• if under these conditions, take immediate cover and keep tuned to local radio and TV stations or to a NOAA weather radio or check the internet
3.) Know where to shelter.• Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).• Avoid windows.• For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.• Do not stay in a mobile home.• Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle, but seek nearest sturdy shelter.