A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms which can produce tornadoes in and close to the watch area. If you are in a watch area keep informed of the latest weather information. These storms can develop rapidly so there may be occasions when advance warning is not possible. Put your shoes on and review your severe weather plan with your family. Make sure your safe room is open and ready in case you and your family need to take cover.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar. If you are in the path or near the tornado, take immediate actions to protect life and property. Get to your safe place now!
Follow these safety rules:
- In open country: find a ditch, culvert or other low area and lay down flat. Cover your head with your hands for protection.
- In small homes or small building: go to the basement or to a small interior closet. Use heavy furniture for shelter or cover yourself with a mattress or blanket.
- In mobile homes or vehicles: abandon it and go to a substantial structure or place of safety. Never try to out run a tornado in an automobile.
- In schools, hospitals, factories or shopping centers: go to designated shelter areas. Interior halls or the lowest levels are usually best. Stay away from gymnasiums or auditoriums. Avoid all outside walls and windows.
The key to tornado survival is to be prepared and take immediate action when a warning is issued or when you feel threatened.
Safe Place Kit
- Battery-powered TV or radio
- Snacks and treats for your children
- Flash light
- Bottled water
- First-aid kit
- Extra shoes
- Stay inside and away from windows
- Avoid using appliances
- Stay away from water