Tornado Safety Tips
–Listen to a radio or watch television for weather updates. If a tornado is coming you MUST seek shelter. An underground shelter is best, such as a basement or storm shelter. If you don’t have a basement, find an inside room or hallway or closet on the first floor AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
–If you are at school during a tornado, listen and do what your teacher says.
–If you are outside and cannot get inside, lie flat in a ditch or ravine. Lie face down and cover your head with your hands.
–If you are in a car, take shelter in a nearby building.
–After a tornado, watch for broken glass and power lines that are downed. If you see people who are injured, don’t move them unless they are in immediate danger. Call for help right away!
–Tornadoes can be very scary. If you are scared, be sure to talk to someone about it.
–Don’t lose your roof to high winds! Have hurricane straps installed to keep the roof attached to the walls.
–Use storm shutters to protect windows and glass. Use them when severe weather is coming. The storm shutters protect against flying debris like tree trunks or other things carried by strong winds.
There is no such thing as guaranteed safety inside a tornado. Freak accidents happen, and the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and its occupants. Extremely violent F5 tornadoes are very rare, though.
–Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.
–Agree ahead of time on a place to meet after a disaster.
–Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes, so store protective coverings (mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds' notice.
–When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy.
–Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and keep listening for warnings.
–All schools, shopping centers, nursing homes, hospitals, sports arenas, stadiums, mobile home communities, and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, nearby shelter area.