Tornadoes can unleash their fury with practically no warning, so it's critical to know what tornado safety precautions you can take to protect your family.1
Remember that a watch means that weather conditions are favorable for tornadoes and remain alert for approaching storms. A warning means one has been sighted or indicated by weather radar in your area. Take shelter immediately.
- Learn the warning signals used in your community. If a siren sounds, that means stay inside and take cover.
- Consider setting up a neighborhood information program through a club, church group or community group. Hold briefings on safety procedures as tornado season approaches. Set up a system to make sure senior citizens and shut-ins are alerted if there is a tornado warning.
Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas. Instead, seek shelter immediately and stay calm.
- At home or work, seek shelter in the central part of the building, away from windows. Basements are the best havens. If this is not an option, take cover in a windowless room such as a bathroom, closet, interior hallway or under a heavy piece of furniture.
- If you are in your vehicle, abandon your vehicle and seek shelter in the nearest ditch or depression if no other facility is available. Cover your head with your hands.
- Even if tied down, mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes.