Safety Procedures for a Tornado Warning!

Most tornadoes are clearly visible, however some can be obscured by rain or nearby low hanging clouds. Occasionally, some tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible!

Before a Tornado:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan
  • Listen to the weather warnings on the radio or television newscasts for the most current information
  • In any emergency broadcast message listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials
  • Look for the following danger signs ~ Dark, often greenish sky ~ large hail ~ a large dark low-lying cloud ~ loud roar, similar to a freight train
  • If you see any of these particular danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately

During a Tornado:

If you are in a structure (residence, building, school, shopping centre etc.)

  • Go to an area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level
  • No basement? Go to the centre of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway)
  • Stay away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head
  • In a high rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible
  • Put on sturdy shoes
  • Do not open windows

If you are in a manufactured home or office (Mobile home, trailer)

  • Get out immediately
  • Go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or a storm shelter.
  • Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes

If you are outside with no shelter

  • There is no single research -based recommendation for this last-resort action because factors can affect your decision
  • Get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter, if vehicle is hit by flying debris, pull over and park
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible

In all situations

  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries

Tornadoes can be natures most violent storms and they should never be taken lightly. Be safe! With the all the new ways to communicate out there via social media stay up to date and help others in need, when it is safe of course!

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