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Researchers strive to help you survive the devastating power of tornadoes

Rossen Reports visits a tornado simulator at Texas Tech University, where researchers study ways to help you survive devastating storms.
/ Source: TODAY

Tornado season is off to a scary start, with dozens of tornadoes already touching down across multiple states. Rossen Reports got rare access to a tornado simulator at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where scientists are trying to figure out ways to build safer homes and help people survive.

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Experts say the safest place to be in a tornado is in a certified storm shelter made of concrete walls. But if you don't have time to leave your home:

  • Go to the part of your home that puts the maximum number of walls between you and the tornado. This is not necessarily the bathtub or the bathroom; it could be an interior closet, for example.
  • Get down as low as possible and cover yourself with couch cushions or whatever else you have.
  • Have a whistle handy. If you're trapped under debris, it can help rescuers find you.

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