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Myth No. 6: Abandon your car and lie in a ditch if caught in a tornado
If you're caught in a tornado, your first plan of action should be to find shelter, says Judge. But if that's not possible, diving into a ditch could be dangerous.
It’s true that a ditch can offer a temporary escape from flying debris. However, if you seek shelter in a car, put on your seat belt, crouch below window level and turn on the ignition so that air bags will deploy if an object hits the vehicle. "That, to me, is the better way than to jump down into a ditch," says Judge.
Pages in this slideshow:
- Bad idea: 6 myths about how to react during a disaster
- Myth No. 1: Stand inside a doorway during an earthquake
- Myth No. 2: Open the windows in your home to equalize the pressure caused by a tornado
- Myth No. 3: Tape your windows before a hurricane
- Myth No. 4: Open a window or a door on the lee side of your house during a hurricane
- Myth No. 5: Stay and defend your home in the event of a wildfire
- Myth No. 6: Abandon your car and lie in a ditch if caught in a tornado