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Family saved by motorcycle helmets during tornado

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Tayler and Terrance Davis wear motorcycle helmets in a storm.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It was on this day two years ago, when Mother Nature unleashed the largest outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded -- 358 tornadoes touched down in the US killing 348 people, including 16 in Georgia.

According to the CDC, head injuries are a common cause of death during tornadoes.

The Davis family from Pike County weathered another tornado, on March 18, 2013. 

"We were outside and I saw the rotation," James Davis said. 

The family doesn't have a basement. But Davis does have a motorcycle and four helmets -- one for his two children, his wife and himself -- which may have saved their lives.

The Davis family took a direct hit from the tornado. 

They huddled inside an interior closet, with their helmets on.

"I was down, and then there was something over me, and it was really heavy, and it fell on my head," said one of the children, Tayler Davis.  "Without the helmet I could have, like, passed out maybe," she said.

The Davises were grateful for their headgear. 

And two years earlier, in Crowe Springs Junction, a baseball coach, Jamie Crane, and his wife wore batting helmets during the tornado that destroyed their home and their community. 

James Davis suggests families be ready with any sort of protective headgear for everyone in the household to wear during bad storms -- a construction hard hat, or sports helmets. 

11Alive is now partnering with the National Weather Service to introduce you to a new way to help keep your family safe. 

On Wednesday, we started our 11Alive helmet project. We teamed up with State Farm Insurance and Sports Authority and brought 210 helmets and distributed to them to third graders in Woodstock.

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