Tornado Coming? Get Your Helmet!

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Coach tells high school team 'get your helmets' as tornado hits

Football Coach Charles Redman had a room full of students Monday afternoon in Moore, Oklahoma.  He saw the tornado coming.

The Southmoore High coach ordered his players, track athletes, soccer players and student managers into the coaches' dressing room, where he put as many cinderblock walls between them and one of the most destructive tornadoes in history.

Then he told them to put on football helmets.

After the storm, all were found alive.

Head injuries are responsible for the majority of tornado deaths.  So some experts are saying more people should have helmets handy…that it should be in every family's storm-safety kit.

Back in April of 2011, there was a tornado outbreak that killed 338 people in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and Alabama.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 percent of the deaths during the four-day outbreak were caused by head injuries.

Well, a helmet is used to prevent head injuries from the baseball field to the back of a motorcycle.  So experts believe it should be used during a tornado too.

A few stories can back it up too.

Eight-year-old Noah Stewart was swept up in one of the April 2011 tornadoes and came crashing down to the ground.  His bicycle helmet saved his life. 

A 9-year-old Joplin survivor Augie Gonzalez credits his bicycle helmet with saving him from a toilet that flew out of the ground and hit him on the head during the tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri in 2011.

But as of yet, the CDC has not embraced helmets as a necessity for tornado preparation.

Experts say any helmet will do.  The best kind is a motorcycle helmet that has a face shield and back-of-the-neck protection.  But even the least expensive bicycle helmet will work.







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