A Storm's A Brewin': Tornado Preparation Trivia

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About This Quiz

Tornadoes are some of the most dangerous storms on the planet. But there are many things you can do to prepare so that you and your are safe in the event of a terrible twister. Test your knowledge of this weather event process with our 20-question quiz.

Tornadoes occur most frequently during which of the following seasons:

Although tornadoes can strike at anytime, most occur during the summer months.

In which direction do tornadoes usually move?

A typical tornado moves from southwest to northeast, though they can move in any direction.

What causes a tornado to take on a visible shape?

Tornadoes are transparent until they pick up dust and debris.

At what speeds do tornadoes typically move?

Tornadoes usually range in speeds from 30-70 miles (48-113 kilometers) an hour.

At what time of day do tornadoes usually occur?

Although they can occur at any time of day, tornadoes usually happen between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Where do most tornado-related deaths occur?

Because they're easily swept up in storms, most tornado-related deaths occur in and around mobile homes.

What does a tornado watch mean?

A tornado watch means that there is a possibility of a tornado, so listen to the news or radio for updates.

What does a tornado warning mean?

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted. You should take shelter in a safe room immediately.

Which of a the following is NOT a warning sign of a tornado?

You're not likely to see lots of sun when a tornado is on the radar. Tornadoes often are accompanied by a dark, greenish sky, large hail, dark, large, and low clouds and a loud roar.

Where should you seek shelter if you are in a house during a tornado?

Go to the basement. If you don't have a basement, go to the lowest level and most interior room. Stay away from doors and windows.

True or False: If you are caught outside during a tornado, seek shelter in a ditch.

If you can't get inside, find the closest depression or ditch in the ground, and cover your neck and head with your arms.

True or False: It is safe to stay under a bridge or overpass during a tornado.

The bridge is not safe. You won't get much coverage from debris coming from above or around you.

True or False: It's OK to use electrical equipment in your shelter during or after a tornado

You should never use electrical equipment in your safe room. Only use battery-operated equipment.

True or False: If a tornado hits and you're in your home, you should position yourself under the table in your safe room.

This is true. A table will provide some additional protection.

You should include which of the following items in your emergency kit:

You should pack a battery-radio, extra batteries and emergency food and water in your tornado kit.

What articles of clothing should you include in your emergency kit?

In order to get out of a possibly damaged structure safely, wear sturdy shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to keep your body covered and protected.

When is it safe to leave your safe room after a tornado has hit?

Never leave your shelter until you get official notice on the radio or television that the tornado is over.

What should you do if you see an electrical line downed by a tornado?

Avoid contact with power lines that have been knocked down, and report downed power lines to the police and utility company.

What should you do if you're in a mobile home when you hear about a tornado watch?

Never -- ever -- stay in a mobile home if a tornado is approaching. Seek shelter in a safer structure.

Tornadoes are some of nature's most violent storms. What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

To be safe in a tornado, you both need to establish a plan and build an emergency kit.

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