Tornado Disaster Preparedness

BEFORE A TORNADO

  • Tornado Disaster PreparednessPrepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television newscasts. Heed instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions and watch for approaching storms.

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Danger Signs Include:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
  • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.


STEPS TO PREPARE BEFORE DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO

  • Make a plan: plan where to meet if you get separated-list of local shelters, make a phone list with emergency numbers including your insurance company, and create an evacuation route that everyone is aware of.
  • Pack a bag with important documents to carry along with you. Vital docs such as birth certificates, social security information, anything that is not easily replicated. Make sure someone has that on their person.
  • Provide a phone list to everyone in the family with all numbers on it that you may use to reach another family member.
  • Key things to do to prepare your structures - have available in your safe room all of the following: Food and water for 72 hours, first aid supplies, electrical supplies with batteries see: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
  • Have a weather radio with extra battery supplies. Stay alert to weather updates. Make sure before you exit your safe room that NOAA (National Weather Service) has advised the storm is over and it is safe to go out. Be careful as downed power lines and water create extremely dangerous conditions
  • If you are not home when the storm strikes, find shelter immediately. Stay close to the ground, if you are outside find the lowest point to stay out of the way of flying debris. If you are inside, find the most interior structure available, try to find a room with no windows in the lowest point of the building.
  • After the storm - seek medical attention if necessary. Turn off all electrical utilities if applicable. Assess damage ONLY when it has been deemed safe to move about by the National Weather Service. If there's no damage, safely move about and see if others need assistance. Stay alert and safety first!