- Leave a mobile home immediately, no matter how strong you
may think it is. Seek a storm shelter.
- Know the difference between a tornado warning and a
- Have an emergency plan in place. Plan where to go to
in the house, school, work, or public building.
- Have tornado drills for your children. There are a
lot of children that are home alone after school waiting for their parents to
get off work. Prepare your children!
- Stay away from windows.
- Go to the lowest floor preferably the basement.
- In the basement, seek shelter under the stairwell or heavy
piece of furniture.
- If no basement, go to small room, hallway, or bathroom
with no external walls.
- Take pillows and blankets.
- Squat down and cover your head.
- Remember, awareness and preparedness are the key
words that the local weather stations suggests to protect yourself from a
- Listen for sirens during threatening weather. If
no sirens, listen for thunder. If you can hear thunder, then you are in danger of a
lightning strike and a threatening storm is approaching.
- Some signs of a dangerous storm approaching is
you see a greenish color. It is believed that the hail in the updrafts causes the
color. If you hear a loud roar like a train, this is a tornado.
- Do not try to escape in a car
- Seek safety in a strong building.
- If no building nearby, go to the lowest ground
such as a ditch.
- Squat down, face down, and cover your head. This
is also the recommended position to protect you from lightning strikes.
- Stay away from tall objects such as trees and
poles. Not only can trees fall on you, but trees can be struck by lightning also.
- If you can move out of the path, if possible go
at right angles.