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.