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Posted on: April 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Awareness Week April 29 – May 3

Tornado Safety Tips

If you are in a tornado watch area, here are three quick tips to keep in mind:

1. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

2. Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

3. Look for the following danger signs:
• Dark, often greenish sky• Large hail
• A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)• Loud roar, similar to a freight train

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
If you are in a car during a tornado, you should take the following actions:

• Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion, if possible. • If you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
• Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. • Never try to outrun a tornado in a car or truck.

Severe Summer Weather Information

Disasters in North Dakota over the past few years (floods, tornadoes, blizzards) have caused many to realize the need to be prepared, especially those whose health is most at risk during a disaster.

Bismarck Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) has created a pre-registration system to help identify where those who are most vulnerable can be found. Registering into this system provides location information for emergency responders and provides an awareness of your individual situation. This helps us to be better prepared to assist you. Your information will be kept confidential and will be used only in case of an emergency. Examples of when this list may be used to contact vulnerable populations include but is not limited to: tornadoes, chemical spills, and floods.

An online copy of the registration form is included below. You can print additional forms and return them to BBPH. If you need assistance filling out the form please call BBPH at 701-355-1540 and someone will assist you.

Please return the completed form to the address noted below.

Bismarck Burleigh Public Health
500 E. Front AvenueBismarck, ND 58506

You may also fax the completed form to 701-221-6883 or scan the completed form and return via Email

Registration Form
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