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Tornado

Tornadoes are among the most awe-inspiring and potentially destructive weather events on Earth. Our goal is to provide you with valuable information, resources, and tips to help you understand tornadoes better and ensure your safety when faced with such an occurrence.

Here, you will find comprehensive information about tornadoes, including their formation, characteristics, and the areas most prone to tornado activity. We aim to educate and raise awareness about the science behind tornadoes, shedding light on the meteorological factors that contribute to their development.

However, our main focus is on keeping you and your loved ones safe during a tornado. We understand the importance of preparedness and knowing how to respond effectively when faced with an impending or active tornado event. Our website offers a wealth of resources to help you develop a solid tornado safety plan for your home, workplace, or any other location you may find yourself in during a tornado threat.

We provide practical advice on what to do before, during, and after a tornado. From creating an emergency kit to designing a family communication plan, we cover the essential steps that can make a significant difference in minimizing the risks associated with tornadoes. Our articles and guides address various aspects of tornado safety, such as seeking shelter, recognizing severe weather signs, and understanding tornado watches and warnings.

We prioritize accuracy and reliability in the information we provide. We continuously update our content to ensure that you have access to the latest research, best practices, and expert advice on tornado safety. 

Remember, tornadoes can be unpredictable and immensely powerful, but with the right knowledge and preparedness, you can significantly increase your safety and that of those around you. Explore our website, learn from our resources, and empower yourself to face tornadoes with confidence and resilience.

Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe.

Tornado

Before

BE WEATHER-READY:
Check the forecast often to see if a tornado is coming. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.

SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS:
Know how to get warnings. Media broadcasts and smartphones can alert residents of severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.

CREATE A PLAN:
Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and shelter spaces. Pick a safe room in your home, such as a basement, storm cellar or
an interior room on the lowest floor with no
windows.

PRACTICE YOUR PLAN:
Conduct a drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all family members know where to go when a tornado warning is issued. Don’t forget
pets if time allows.

PREPARE YOUR HOME:
Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection at fema.gov/safe-room-resources

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.

CPR tornado weather aware

During

STAY WEATHER-READY:
Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.

AT YOUR HOUSE:
If you are in a tornado warning area, go to your basement, safe room or an interior room away from windows. Don’t forget pets if time allows.

AT YOUR WORKPLACE OR SCHOOL:
Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.

OUTSIDE:
Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are NOT safe.

IN A VEHICLE:
Being in a vehicle during a tornado is NOT safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or ravine.

tornado drill weather aware

After

STAY INFORMED:
Keep listening to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updates about more tornado watches and warnings that may be coming. The next round of thunderstorms may bring more tornadoes.

CONTACT FAMILY AND LOVED ONES:
Let your family and close friends know you are okay so they can help spread the word. Send text messages or post updates on social media. These posts are more reliable forms of communication than phone calls.

ASSESS THE DAMAGE:
After the tornado threat has ended, check for property damage. When walking through storm damage, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Contact utilities if you see power lines down and stay away from them. Stay out of damaged buildings. Be aware of insurance scammers

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR:
If you see someone injured, call 911. Then, if you are trained, provide first aid until emergency responders arrive.

tornado damage weather aware

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