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Tornado Checklist

Tornado Preparation

  • 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.
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