Everyone Should be Prepared

Tornadoes can be deadly and the Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared to respond to Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings.

The Red Cross would like to stress that tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States and everyone should know what to do to be prepared for a tornado. Red Cross information pamphlets on tornado safety, family disaster planning, and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, are available to the public for free.

Are You Ready for a Tornado?

Prepare a Home Tornado Plan:

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor.

  • Conduct periodic tornado drills, so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado is approaching.

  • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing:

  • First aid kit and essential medications

  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries

  • Canned food and can opener

  • Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least three days)

  • Sturdy shoes and work gloves

  • Written instructions on how to turn off your home's utilities

  • Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings

  • Listen to your local TV and radio stations for updated storm information.

  • Know what a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning mean:

Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area

Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area

* Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings are issued by a county or parish.

When a Tornado Watch is Issued

  • Listen to local TV and radio stations for further updates.

  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you -- many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado Warning is Issued

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect you and your family from glass and other flying objects.

  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.

  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and heady for safety (as above).

After the Tornado Passes

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.

  • Listen to your local TV or radio stations for information and instructions.

  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.

  • Do not use candles at any time.
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