Several myths about the nature of tornadoes have long existed and serve as a hindrance to preparedness. Help dispel these commons myths in your community and share via Facebook.
Myth: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.
Fact: No terrain is safe from tornadoes. For example, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000 ft. mountain.
Myth: The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to “explode” as the tornado passes overhead.
Fact: Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.
Myth: Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter a structure. Leave windows alone; instead, immediately go to a basement, interior room or bathroom without windows.