Tornado Safety Tips

Tornado season runs from March through August each year. Use these tips to prepare for, and protect yourself from, destructive tornadoes.

Before a Tornado



Make sure your emergency kit is adequate and update your family communications plan. If you don't have an emergency kit or communications plan, use these guides to help you form them.



Stay tuned to your local newscasts or www.weather.gov (NOAA) for the latest information and weather alerts. Always follow instructions given by local emergency management officials, and know what the different alerts mean.





Watch for these weather warning signs:
Dark sky with a possible greenish tint
Hail
Low-lying clouds
Noise similar to a freight train


During a Tornado Threat



If you are in a structure, head to the lowest level. If your home does not have a basement, take shelter in a bathroom or closet nearest to the center of the home.


Cover yourself with a blanket or mattress, and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Stay clear of windows, skylights, and glass doors.

If you are outdoors, take shelter in the nearest building.


If you are not near any buildings, get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and attempt to drive to the nearest shelter.

Pull over and park if your vehicle is hit by flying debris.


Stay in the car with your seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows and cover yourself with a coat or blanket if possible.


If you notice an area that is lower than your car, such as a ditch, leave your car and lie down there, covering your head and neck with your arms.

Watch out for flying debris.


More tornado tips and facts can be found on FEMA's website, including information on what to do if you are hit by a tornado.