Tornado Safety

Tornado Safety

If a warning is issued:

  • In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.

  • If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.

  • Stay away from windows

  • Get out of automobiles

  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately
    Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.

  • Sometimes tornadoes develop so rapidly, there is little advance warning. Be alert to signs of an approaching tornado such as loud roar and blowing debris.


Who is most at risk?

  • People in automobiles

  • The elderly, very young children, physically and mentally impaired

After a tornado passes

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of damaged areas

  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions

  • Use a flashlight to inspect for damage in your home

  • Do not use candles at any time because of possible gas leaks

Tornado Myths

Myth: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes
Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes. In the late 1980's, a tornado swept Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000-ft. mountain.

Myth: The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to "explode" as the tornado passes overhead.
Fact: Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.

Myth: Windows should be opened before tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.