Tornado Safety

What should I do in case of a TORNADO?

Seek Shelter IMMEDIATELY When You Are In….

A structure (such as home, school, hospital, or shopping center):

    • Go to a basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level
    • If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls
    • Put as many walls between you and the outside
    • Get under a sturdy table ad use your arms to protect your head and neck
    • DO NOT open windows!
  • A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home:
    • Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter
    • Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornado
  • The outside with no shelter:
    • Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands
    • Be aware of the potential for flooding
    • You are safer in a low, flat location
    • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a vehicle
    • Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter
    • Watch for flying debris.  Flying debris from tornados cause most fatalities and injuries.