Tornado Safety Tips
Before a tornado:
•To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
•Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
•Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
•Look for the following danger signs:
◦Dark, often greenish sky
◦A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
◦Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
◦If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
- The best shelter from a tornado is a basement or storm cellar. If neither one is available, go to an inside room without windows on the lowest level of the building.
- Cover yourself with something, such as pillows, a mattress or blankets.
- Place as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
- Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during a tornado. Seek shelter elsewhere, if possible.
- Avoid windows. Despite popular belief, opening windows to equalize pressure has no effect in reducing damage during a tornado.
- Be aware of the counties, cities and towns that are near you. It will be easier to track the tornado’s direction if you are familiar with the geography of your area.
- If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. If there is not a building nearby, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
- DO NOT get under an underpass or bridge. It is not safe since it can leave you exposed to flying debris.
For full details visit www.ready.gov/tornadoes.