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.