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Trend alert: Tornado helmets

A funnel cloud is shown in this Aug. 18, 2011 photo made in Wilmington, N.C. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Southern New Hanover County until 11 a.m. The Weather Service also confirmed that there are numerous water spouts off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina. The Carolina Beach Police Department has reported that two water spouts came in and touched the ground in the Alabama Avenue vicinity. (Shannan Bowen / Wilmington Star-news)
A funnel cloud is shown in this Aug. 18, 2011 photo made in Wilmington, N.C. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Southern New Hanover County until 11 a.m. The Weather Service also confirmed that there are numerous water spouts off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina. The Carolina Beach Police Department has reported that two water spouts came in and touched the ground in the Alabama Avenue vicinity. (Shannan Bowen / Wilmington Star-news)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a press release today concerning the use of helmets if a tornado approaches. It reads, in part: 

We don’t have research on the effectiveness of helmet use to prevent head injuries during a tornado, but we do know that head injuries are common causes of death during tornadoes, and we have long made the recommendation that people try to protect their heads.  Individuals may decide to use helmets to protect their heads. However, because the time to react may be very short, people who choose to use helmets should know where they are and have them readily accessible. 

It makes me wonder what other strategies will arise to protect us in severe weather. Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes? Any ideas?

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