SEVERE THUNDERSTORM SAFETY TIPS

What causes a tornado?

Storms come in all shapes and sizes, and severe weather can strike with little warning. Thunderstorms can contain strong winds and hail, sometimes tornadoes and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared and be informed when severe thunderstorm or tornado watches and warnings are posted in your area.

BEFORE THE STORM:

  • Keep a battery-powered radio, flashlight and cell-phone.
  • Select a sheltered area in your home.
  • Know the location of shelters in public places.
  • Inventory your possessions and keep the list in a safe place.

During the Storm

IN HOMES...

  • Go to a cellar, storm shelter or basement if a storm warning is issued.
  • Otherwise, take cover in an interior hall, closet or windowless bathroom on the first floor.
  • If nothing else, get under heavy furniture and cover yourself with blankets or go to your bathtub and cover yourself with a mattress.

IN MOBILE HOMES...

  • Get out immediately!
  • Take shelter elsewhere in a sturdier structure.

IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS...

  • Go to a designated shelter area.
  • Stay away from storefronts and windows.

IN AN AUTOMOBILE...

  • Automobiles offer no protection in large tornadoes. Hiding under highway overpasses can also be a death trap.
  • Check the weather report before travelling so you don't get caught in a stormy situation.

IN SCHOOLS...

  • Follow your teacher's instructions.
  • Stay away from windows.