A tornado strikes. You’re not at home. What should you do?

Severe Weather
Amber and Aaron Tornado

An average of 1,000 tornadoes are reported nationally, and the US experiences the most out of any country in the world.

But do you know what to do if you find yourself somewhere other than your own home?

If you do happen to find yourself out and about during nasty weather most places usually have a tornado plan already in place.
 
The Bismarck Airport says while tornadoes aren’t the biggest problem they face, they have certain areas designated for when they do come.
 
Bismarck Airport Director, Greg Haug says, “We have space downstairs in the operations area where the airlines run their tugs through and stuff and there’s not glass windows or anything down there. Along with the airline operation offices. The hall of fame down below as well.”
 
As for people that are inside an airplane at the time, Haug says the airline would usually not allow people onboard if the weather was that bad.
 
“It’s not real likely we would have passengers on a plane at the gate but obviously if it did occur we would get them off as quickly as we could and get them into an interior room,” says Haug. 
 
Schools also have similar protocols in place.
 
St. Mary’s Grade School Principal, Tony Fladeland says, “If we would hear the sign of a tornado coming we immediately introduce the tornado drill protocol and the tornado drills that we practice. The important part of that is making sure we conduct those drills on a regular basis.”
 
Fladeland tells me they have certain measures they take to make sure all students are accounted for during those drills.
 
“We have the map that shows which grade levels are where and which position,” says Fladeland. “We would have all the 5th graders on this wall and all the 5th graders on this one. And we do have some students standing in the middle because this is one of the few rooms we have.”
 
But at the end of the day, the most important thing is everyone’s safety.
 
“As much as it doesn’t happen you have to be prepared for that kind of stuff. Because the amount of damage that those things cause…you have to keep your students safe and you have to keep your staff and yourself safe.”
 
Tornadoes have taken the lives of 25 people and injured 334 more in the state of North Dakota.
 

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