Tornadoes can cause serious damage to a home and community in a matter of minutes.
Do you know what to do if a tornado appears? You should:
Get to a sturdy building immediately if able
Go to a basement, storm cellar, or safe room
Seek shelter in a small interior room if you are in a building without a basement
Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
If driving, find a low, flat location rather than hiding under an overpass or bridge
Watch out for flying debris
Protect your head and neck with your arms
BEFORE the tornado: Sign up for weather alerts in your area, know the preceding signs of a tornado, and designate a safe shelter.
DURING the tornado: Go to your designated safe shelter; tune into a local weather station for updates; and shield yourself with your arms, blankets, and furniture if possible.
AFTER the tornado: Continue listening to weather updates; leave your shelter with caution; if outside, be aware of downed power lines; use texts and social media to communicate instead of phone calls to avoid busy phone systems; and if you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to keep dust out of your lungs.
For more information on preparing for tornadoes, visit https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.