Severe weather reeked havoc through several states over the weekend from Oklahoma to Virginia, leaving 44 people dead. And living in tornado alley, this is really nothing to laugh at.

As severe weather season approaches, be sure to know your tornado safety rules.

*Avoid Windows

* Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.

*If you’re in a mobile home…Get Out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.

• Always leave your radio on KOOL98 for complete weather updates from meteorologist Ron Roberts.

Learn more tornado safety rules at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html