TORNADO WATCH – BE AWARE
Tornadoes are possible. Move close to a shelter or sturdy building in case there is a warning.
TORNADO WARNING – TAKE ACTION
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Before a Tornado
- Identify safe rooms or protective locations at home, school or work before a tornado threat arises so that you have a plan for where to go for safety when a tornado warning is issued.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions and time in to NOAA weather radio, local media and social media for the latest information.
- Look for the following danger signs: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; large, dark, low-lying cloud formation or rotation; or a loud roar similar to a freight train.
- Have an emergency communication plan in place for your family.
During a Tornado
IN A BUILDING?
- Go to a safe room: basement, cellar, or the lowest building level.
- If there is no basement, go to an inside room: a closet or hallway.
- Stay away from corners, windows, doors and outer walls. Never open windows.
- Protect your head!
IN A MOBILE HOME?
Get out immediately and go to the closest building or storm shelter.
IN A MOBILE HOME OR CAN’T FIND SHELTER?
- Get into a vehicle and buckle your seatbelt.
- Put your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands.
- If there is no car or shelter, try to find a ditch or area lower than the ground to lie down in. You are safer in a low, flat location than under a bridge or highway overpass.