Terms You Should Know

  • A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
  • A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring—take shelter immediately.

Be Prepared

  • Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
  • If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Go to the center of the room, not the corners--blown debris tends to collect in corners.
  • Vehicles, trailers, and mobile homes are not safe under strong weather conditions. If you live in a mobile home or trailer, note the locations of the nearest buildings with strong foundations in several directions so you have safer options along several escape routes. If you are in a moving vehicle, seek out the closest building with a strong foundation.
  • If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Plan to stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.

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