Tornado Tips

Tornado Tips

While we typically have days to prepare in advance of a hurricane’s approach, tornadoes can spin off from a thunderstorm or hurricane with little to no warning, cutting a swath of destruction in mere moments. This storm season make sure your family is ready in the event a tornado touches down in your area.

    A tornado watch lets you know that tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. If your area is under a tornado watch:

  • Listen to your local radio stations, watch your local news or listen to NOAA Weather Radio.

  • Stay alert, watch for signs a tornado is approaching

  • Dark, often greenish clouds

  • Wall cloud

  • Cloud of debris

  • Large hail

  • Funnel cloud

  • Roaring noise

  • Be ready to take shelter.

  • A tornado warning means one has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

  • Find shelter. Stay away from windows. Go to the lowest point of your house or go to a room or hallway that doesn’t have windows. As a last resort, get under heavy furniture and stay away from windows.

  • If you’re outside and can’t find shelter, try to find the lowest point in the ground, such as a ditch. Cover your head with your hands or blanket if possible.

After a tornado:

  • If you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.

  • Use battery-powered lanterns rather than candles if your power is out.

  • Never use generators, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, garage or camper—or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) — an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled — from these sources can build up in your home and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.  

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