Tornado Preparedness Plan

Prepare a home tornado plan

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or if there is no basement, a center hallway or bathroom on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • If you are in a high rise building you may not have time to go the the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing: first aid kit and essential medications, battery powered-radio, flashlight and extra batteries, canned food and can opener, bottled water, and sturdy shoes and gloves.
  • Also include in this kit written instructions on how to turn off your home's utilities.
  • Conduct periodic tornado drills so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado is approaching.

Stay tuned for Storm Warnings

  • Listen to your local radio and television stations for updated storm information.
  • Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means: a watch means a tornado is possible in your area, a warning means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed toward your area.

When a tornado WATCH is issued

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for further updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a tornado WARNING is issued

  • If you are inside go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. 
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above)

After the tornado has passed 

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage. 

Search this Site

Emergency Warnings

Would you like to receive emergency weather warnings? Be better prepared and click below.

Adobe Reader

Select information on this site requires Adobe Reader:


get adobe reader


For Employee Use

Legal Review Form


fd-poster 2-400x260







Site Admin Login