Statewide Tornado Drill April 19 2017

Be Prepared:

Tornado Watch:  Tornadoes are possible in your area.
Tornado Warning:  A tornado has been sighted in your area. Seek shelter immediately.


  • Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill
  • Identify the safest location in the lowest level of your home.
  • Talk to your family about how you will communicate in the event that you are not at home when a tornado hits.
  • Plan a way to monitor local weather and news while in shelter.
  • Charge cell phones.
  • Move lawn furniture and outdoor objects-such as trashcans-into the garage.
  • Identify the safest location to shelter and know the building's safety plans if you are at work or school.
  • Sign up to receive text or email alerts from your local media, weather provider or the National Weather Service.
  • Prepare for a power outage. See Blackouts

Tornado-Specific Items to Add to Preparedness Kit

  • Blanket - To protect your head from sharp objects.

Be Safe:

  • Dark, green-tinted sky
  • Large hail
  • Large, dark, low-lying clouds
  • Loud roar
  • Severe storms
  • Tornadoes usually occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Tornadoes usually occur in the late spring and early summer


  • Seek shelter in the lowest level of your home.
  • Stay away from objects that can easily be blown around.
  • Seek additional shelter under sturdy objects such as tables, couches or stairwells
  • If no basement is available, seek shelter in the most interior room of your house.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Listen to a local media channel or NOAA weather radio for updates.
  • Protect your head from glass and sharp objects with a pillow or blanket.
  • If you are in a car and no shelter is available, pull over and let your surroundings determine your next action to either:
    • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands and a blanket if possible.
    • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit the car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • If you are boating, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
  • If in public, go to the designated shelter areas.


  • Inspect your property and motor vehicles for damage. Look for electrical problems and gas leaks.
  • Avoid and report downed power lines.
  • Check on your food supply.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when you clean up debris.
  • Check and restock and supplies from your emergency preparedness kit that were used.
  • If you suspect home damage, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks.

More Information/Additional Resources:

Severe Weather Awareness Packet​