According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 17 Americans lost their lives in 2016 due to tornadoes. When it comes to these deadly forces of nature, the common causes of tornado-related deaths and injuries involve flying/falling debris, or being picked up or blown by the tornado, two threats that can cause head injuries, chest trauma, or other complications. Most injuries and deaths occur to individuals who are outside, in apartment buildings, or in mobile homes, compared with individuals who are inside houses. With tornadoes, like with so many other natural disasters, the greatest way to save lives is with early notification. By allowing citizens to get indoors to a safe place before the tornado hits, you’ll stand a better chance of minimizing fatalities.