- Have storm shutters installed on all the windows of your home.
- Have a roofing contractor make sure that your roof and gutters are attached firmly to your home
- Have any dead or diseased trees completely removed.
- During any storm, listen to local news or weather radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.
- Know your community's warning system.
- Pick a 'safe room' in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado.
- Have the walls and ceiling joists reinforced in your safe room.
- Practice periodic tornado drills.
- Consider having your 'safe room' reinforced.
- Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
- Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
- Watch for tornado danger signs: dark, often greenish clouds, wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, funnel cloud or roaring noise.
When a Tornado Is Threatening
- The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.
- Remember that mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes.
- Abandon mobile homes immediately.
- Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
- Do not wait until you see the tornado.
- Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
- If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter, or sturdy building.
- If you cannot get to shelter, get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive at right angles to the storm movement and out of the path.
- If strong winds and flying debris occur while you are driving, pull over and park, keeping seat belts on and the engine running.
- If you are unable to get to a building or vehicle, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area and cover your head with your hands.
- Plan to stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.
After a Tornado
- Continue listening to weather radio for updated information and instructions.
- Return to home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining home for damage.
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly.
- Take pictures of damage.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
- Check for injuries.
- If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need.