Tornadoes


If your city uses outdoor warning sirens, they will sound for tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service and confirmed tornadoes or funnels reported by reliable sources in your area. Depending on the city, outdoor warning sirens will also sound for sustained winds of over 60 miles per hour. If you are outside, listen for warning sirens. Move to a sturdy building and turn on a local radio or television station for information. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado and watch for flying debris.

In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter such as a basement or storm shelter. If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture to protect yourself from falling debris. Lower-level interior bathrooms provide the best protection if underground areas are not available. Plumbing within the walls will provide additional sturdiness. Stay away from windows as debris and high winds may break the glass and create additional flying debris.

Dont try to outrun a tornado in your car. Get out of your care and quickly seek a sturdy shelter. If no shelter is available, move to the most low lying area such as a ditch or ravine and lay flat, covering your head with your hands.

If you live in a mobile home, evacuate to a sturdy building.