A tornado is a violent storm with spiraling wind, often accompanied by hail, wind and rain. Strong tornadoes can sweep houses off foundations, destroy brick buildings, and toss cars. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound - like a train far away!

In Case of Tornado

  • Grab your emergency kit and NOAA weather radio if you have time.
  • In homes or small buildings, take shelter in an interior part of the lowest level, including basements, closets, hallways, and bathrooms.
  • In public areas, like schools or shopping centers, go to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are best. Stay away from windows. If you can see outside, you are not safe!
  • In vehicles or mobile homes, leave them and take shelter in a substantial structure. If there is no shelter, lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head and neck.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Try to protect your head.
  • Get under something sturdy or lie in the bathtub. Cover yourself with a blanket.

Be Prepared for Tornadoes

  • Have your home inspected to make sure it can withstand high winds.
  • Attach wind straps and tie-downs to reinforce your home or business.
  • Construct a "safe room" in your home. These are specially designed to protect you from tornadoes.
  • Install safety film over windows. This transparent covering helps protect you from flying debris.
  • Reinforce or replace garage and double entry doors to withstand high winds.
  • Brace gable framing to reinforce your roof.
  • Remove loose objects close to your home, such as trash cans, yard debris, or anything that can be picked up by a tornado. Inspect large trees and limbs that are close to your home.
  • Construct your home with insulated concrete forms. They make your home much stronger and more energy efficient.