On a recent Insight, we answered the question of what to do when you hear a tornado siren.
A reader sent in a helpful suggestion if you find yourself sheltering from a tornado or hailstorm:
Most advisories are similar in suggesting deep interior room safety in the absence of an underground shelter. Often, the advice includes gathering in a bathtub using a mattress to protect against falling debris. Head injuries are very prominent in the injuries from storms.
A simple, low-cost protection from head injuries for all members of families caught in such situations is a bicycle helmet.
They are inexpensive and available for all sizes in a family. Bicycle helmets are in many homes for outdoor sports and should be a part of any emergency shelter preparation kit.