Tornado Preparedness

Prepare A Home Tornado Plan
Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor with no windows. Keep this place uncluttered.

If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing:
· First aid kit and essential medications
· Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
· Canned food and manual can opener
· Bottled water
· Sturdy shoes and work gloves
· Also include in the kit written instructions on how to turn off your home's utilities.
· Conduct periodic tornado drills, so everyone remembers what do when a tornado is approaching.
· Stay Tuned For Storm Warnings
· Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
· Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means
· A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
· A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
When a Tornado Watch Is Issued . . . .
· Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
· Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.
When a Tornado Warning Is Issued . . . .
· If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
· If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
· If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above).
After The Tornado Passes . . . .
· Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
· Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
· Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
· Call 911 to report storm damage, especially if you have damage to your home or if you are in need of immediate assistance.
  Additional Safety Tips:
At Home
· Avoid windows, flying glass can injure, or kill
· Don't open windows.
· Go to an interior room on the lowest floor, like a closet, hallway or bathroom, with no windows.
· Basements are excellent. Stay under something sturdy.
· Cover your body with a blanket/sleeping bag, and use your arms to protect your head.
Mobile Homes
· Leave. Lie flat in a ditch or ravine and put your arms over your head.
· Don't take shelter under your mobile home. If time allows, go to a friend who has a basement
On the Road
· Stop your vehicle, and get out. Seek shelter away from your vehicle in a nearby ditch or ravine. Stay away from trees. Lie flat and put your arms over your head
· Don't get under the vehicle, as they are easily tossed by tornadoes regardless of their size
· Don't try to outrun a tornado
Long Span Buildings - Shopping Malls, Theaters, Gymnasiums, etc.
· Seek shelter in the restrooms which are usually made of concrete blocks
· In theaters, under the seats, covering your head
· In department stores, get up against heavy shelving or counters
Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Office Buildings
· Go to the innermost portions on the lowest floor
· Don't use elevators, you will be trapped if the power goes off
· Avoid windows, glass doorways and auditoriums not protected by overhead floors and rooms
· Protect your head, and make yourself a small target by crouching down
In the Open, and in General
· Lie in a gully, ditch, or low spot in the ground, while protecting your head and body with anything available.
· Don't go into a grove of trees or under a vehicle
· Don't go into damaged building, they may collapse
· Check for gas or other utility line breaks
· Flashlights only, no open flame, match lighter, etc.
· Wait for help from local authorities