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Toto, you're not just in Kansas anymore.

Believe it or not, tornadoes show up in all 50 states. What's more, on average the US has more tornadoes than any other country in the world with about 1,250 tornadoes a year.

In addition to the devastation they can cause to homes and entire cities, tornadoes can also cause a whirlwind of panic long before a funnel appears in the sky. They're one of those things people think only happen in the movies, so most aren't prepared for them.

That's where we come in with a harbor-bricked road to a place called ready. We're going to give you a crash course on how to prepare for the next twister.

Oh hail no.

If you see large hail, a green or yellow-hued sky, a roar that sounds like a freight train, or a certainly a rotating funnel cloud of debris, it's time to seek shelter and tune into the EAS and NOAA emergency alert systems.

Dorothy didn't know.

She should have stayed away from windows and run with her pup to the nearest tornado shelter, basement, or lowest floor. After that it would have been great if she hid under some heavy furniture.

Tornado lunch, anyone?

It's like packing a school lunch, except this one can save your life. Round up a first aid kit, 3 days worth of non-perishable food, 3 gallons of water, a battery powered radio, flashlights, IDs and docs, and extra cash.

Home is where the storm shutters are.

There are many ways you can reinforce your home so it can better withstand the onslaught of fury from a tornado. Groom trees, reinforce your roof, strengthen garage doors, and bring inside anything you don't want flying away.

Family matters.

What follows a tornado is often more dangerous than the tornado itself. 50% of storm-related injuries occur after a storm. That's because storms often damage power and gas lines, or cause heavy objects to fall. Remember that the health and safety of your loved ones during and after a storm is priority number one.