LEARN THESE TORNADO DANGER SIGNS:
- Severe thunderstorms: Frequent lightning, heavy rains, and strong winds.
- Hail: Bullets of ice from a dark, cloudy sky.
- Roaring noise: Like ten jet planes or a hundred railroad trains.
- Funnel: A dark, spinning "rope" or column from the sky to the ground.
Listen to radio and television broadcasts to determine the situation.
A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Remain alert for approaching storms by monitoring your local emergency radio and television stations for information.
A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted. Seek shelter immediately!
DURING A TORNADO:
- Stay out of cars, mobile homes and trailers. If in any of these, get out and take cover by lying flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or depression.
- If walking outside, find the nearest ditch and lie flat in it.
- In the home, move to a basement or lowest level. Try to locate yourself in a windowless room. If possible get under a heavy table or workbench.
- In the workplace, go to interior hallways in the lowest floor of the building or seek a sheltered area.
- In schools, follow instructions of school authorities. Move to interior walls, away from the wide spanning roofs.
- A good investment in tornado preparedness is a Weather Radio that broadcasts only severe weather information as the National Weather Service releases it. Severe weather radios are available in most radio stores.
AFTER A TORNADO:
- Listen to local radio or television stations for information and instructions.
- Use caution when entering a building, making sure that the walls, ceiling, and roof are in place and that the structure rests firmly on the foundation.
- Watch for broken glass, downed power lines, and leaking natural gas lines. Check for injuries and if necessary, call for help immediately.
- Have tools available and know how to shut off gas, water, and electric service to your house.