What to do if in you’re in your car during a tornado

If you think you’re supposed to get out of your car and head to a ditch during a tornado, you’re wrong.

The Red Cross overhauled its guidelines in 2009 thanks to new research. Instead of hit-the-ditch, the advice is:

If you can’t get to a shelter, you’re in your car and flying debris hits, pull over, park and weigh these “last resort” options:

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

The advice also notes that your choice should be “driven by your specific circumstances,” which begs the question: Are the signals on this still too mixed?

Short answer? Yes. Read more from reporters Paul Tosto and Curtis Gilbert here.