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.
- 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.
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