Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms

  • When a TORNADO WATCH is issued by Weather Service, be alert and listen to radio or TV for further information.
  • When a TORNADO WARNING is issued or emergency sirens sound during severe weather, take immediate protective actions.
  • You should treat a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING just as you would a TORNADO WARNING.
  • If you see a revolving, funnel shaped cloud, take cover in the safest place nearest to where you are. If time permits, report sighting to the local EOC by dialing 911.
  • Stay away from windows: glass can shatter and fly into people.
  • At home, go to inside hallway, closet, or bathroom, away from windows, or get under heavy piece of furniture. If you have a basement, go there and get under a workbench or other heavy furniture. Protect your head.
  • Downtown - get off street. Go into buildings away from windows or exterior areas. In shopping malls, go to designated areas in stores.
  • If in a car, get out and go inside a building if possible. If not, get in a ditch or other low area, being cautious of possible flash flooding, or crouch down near a strong building. Cover head with hands. Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car.
  • In schools, follow directions issued by authorities. Go to inside halls and crouch down against wall, covering head with hands. Keep away from room with windows or outside doors and big rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
  • If you live in mobile home, get out and get to a building or lie in a ditch and cover your head with your hands.
  • Register your Storm Shelter or Safe Room