Tornado Watch - Weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop.
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or is indicated by radar.
Tornado survival tips
- Take shelter when warning sirens go off or if a tornado is spotted.
- Tune in to an emergency broadcast Hand stay put until the danger is declared over.
- No place is entirely safe, but some are much safer than others.
- ALWAYS protect your head.
In a house
- The basement is the safest place.
- The second-best place is a small, windowless interior room on the lowest floor.
- Hide under furniture or stairwells
- Avoid windows, chimneys, exterior walls
In schools, hospitals, factories, shopping centers, other public buildings
- Best place is a designated shelter area.
- Second-best place is the lowest floor; seek a centrally-located hallway, small room or closet
- Stay out of elevators; the power may go out.
- Avoid windows and exterior walls
- Stay out of large rooms with free-span roofs like auditoriums, cafeterias, food courts, gymnasiums.
In a car (NEW recommendations from the National Weather Service)
- If you can drive away from the tornado, do so. Tornados move from one location to another at about 34 – 45 mph.
- If you can't drive away (due to traffic, highway barriers, etc.), abandon the vehicle and shelter in a sturdy building.
If a sturdy building is not available:
- Remain in the car, fasten your seat belt, and lean down to get away from the window.
- Or, abandon the car and get down in a ditch, hide in a culvert, lay down in a low spot, and cover your head.
Never park or hide beneath an overpasses or trees; avoid any structure that can fall or break apart (signs, power lines).
In a mobile home, RV or motor coach
- EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY
- Best place - Seek shelter in a permanent structure
- Second-best place - Get down in a ditch, hide in a culvert, lay down in a low spot, and cover your head
- If you have a blanket, wrap in it.
- Avoid overpasses, trees and structures that can break apart or fall (sheds, power lines, signs)