Tornadoes/Severe Thunderstorms

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms.

Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Tornadoes strike with little or no warning.

Understand these terms:

Tornado Watch: Tornados are possible.

Tornado Warning: Take shelter; tornado sighted.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms are occurring.


When a Watch or Warning has been issued:

• Monitor your local TV and radio stations for up-to-date information.
• If a tornado has been sighted in your area, go to a safe place in a building away from windows and doors, such as a interior hallway on the lowest level possible.
• Get under a sturdy piece of furniture – a table or desk.
• Use your arms to protect head and neck.
• If you are outside or in your car, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. Do NOT attempt to outdrive a tornado.
• Do not seek shelter under a highway underpass.

After Severe Weather has Passed:

• Be aware of broken glass and downed power lines.
• Check for injuries.
• Move seriously injured persons only if they are in immediate danger or if their life is threatened.
• Use caution entering a damaged building.
• Contact relatives to let them know you are safe.