The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado:
- Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school.
- Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement.
- Have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio, with weather alarm and battery back up to receive warnings.
- Listen for warnings on radio and TV.
- Listen to forecasts.
If a warning is Issued
- In a home or building, move to a predesignated shelter, such as a basement.
- If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the building’s lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
- Stay away from windows.
- Get out of automobiles and seek shelter in a building. If a building is not available, seek a ditch or low-lying area. Be aware of the possibility of flooding.
- Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle. Instead, get out of the vehicle and seek shelter.
- Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection and should be abandoned in the event of a tornado warning.
More information can be found at www.nssl.noaa.gov/NWSTornado.