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Tornado Preparedness

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Tornado Safety Tips

  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • A small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the next safest alternative.
  • In multi-story buildings, interior stairwells are good choices if no windowless areas are available. Do not use elevators.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
  • During a tornado watch (not warning), sleep with your shoes, helmet, and cell phone nearby.

Get more tips at Ready.gov - Tornadoes


Warning or Watch - Know the Difference

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared!

Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Tornado Warning: Take Action!

A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city) that may be impacted.