Do not stay in a mobile home during a tornado.

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Tragically, an Oklahoma girl was huddled with her parents "inside a mobile home bathroom" when it was torn apart during the Lone Grove tornado.  She survived but her parents did not.

Kaylee Oklahoma

Photo of the surviving girl courtesy of

CDC recommends:

DO NOT STAY IN A MOBILE HOME DURING A TORNADO. Mobile homes can turn over during strong winds. Even mobile homes with a tie-down system cannot withstand the force of tornado winds.

Plan ahead. If you live in a mobile home, go to a nearby building, preferably one with a basement. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert and shield your head with your hands.

If you live in a tornado-prone area, encourage your mobile home community to build a tornado shelter without understanding the consequences.

Lone Grove Tornado

Photo from EFlux Media.

FEMA suggests for a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home:

Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

Seeking shelter in the bathroom, usually an interior structually sound room, is a common strategy, is taught in the schools, but it doesn't apply to mobile homes.

Understand the concepts.