What protective actions should I take in the event of a tornado?

The majority of injuries and deaths related to tornadoes occur as a result of flying debris, collapse of buildings or structures, or being caught in an automobile. The best protection is to get in an interior room on the lowest level of a building. Mobile homes and automobiles are particularly vulnerable and should be avoided. If outdoors, a low area away from trees, such as a drainage ditch should be sought for protection.

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1. Why does Santa Rosa County have an Emergency Management Department?
2. What is an emergency operations center (EOC)?
3. What should I do to prepare for a disaster?
4. How can I tell if I have to evacuate for a hurricane?
5. How will I be notified to evacuate?
6. Where are the evacuation shelters located and what do I need to take when I go to a shelter?
7. What do I do with my pet?
8. What is Mitigation?
9. What is the National Flood Insurance Program?
10. What should I do if my child is at school or daycare during an emergency or evacuation?
11. What protective actions should I take in the event of a tornado?
12. If I have special medical needs do I go to a regular public shelter?
13. How long before the Fire or Police will come and check on me?