Tornado Safety - what YOU Can Do!
Before the Storm:
- Develop a plan for you and your family for home, work, school, and when outdoors.
- Have frequent drills
- Know the county in which you live, and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movements from weather bulletins.
- Have a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and batter back-up to receive warnings.
- Listen to radio and television for information
- If planning a trip outdoors, listen to the latest forecasts and take necessary action if threatening weather is possible.
If a Tornado Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches
- In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
- If an underground shelter is not available, more to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
- Stay away from windows
- Do not try to out run a tornado in your car: get out of your car immediately and seek nearby safe shelter in a sturdy building.
- Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
- If in open country and no shelter is available, lie flat and face down on low ground protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away as possible from trees and cars, as they can be blown onto you.