A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Keep up to date with the latest weather information by listening to local radio stations, watching area TV stations, or monitoring your Emergency Alert Radio.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar and you should seek shelter immediately. Remember that tornadoes can occur without warning!
- If you are at home, go to the lowest floor in the center of the house. Basements offer the best protection. Interior small rooms such as closets or bathrooms offer good protection. Try to get under something sturdy such as a large piece of furniture. Avoid windows and large rooms such as the living room. Do not open windows.
- If you are at work or school, designated shelters are best. Avoid windows and large open rooms such as auditoriums, lunchrooms, and gymnasiums.
- If you are in a shopping center or mall, a designated shelter area or the center of the building on the lowest level is best. Avoid large open rooms or windows. Do not go to your car.
- If you are in your car or mobile home, leave immediately and go to a more substantial structure. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch and cover your face with your hands or blankets. Be alert for possible flash flooding.
- Act quickly. You may have only a few seconds to save your life.