TORNADO SAFETY TIPS!

  • If you choose to flee in your car, make certain you are not driving into another storm or putting yourself in more danger!
  • If you choose to flee in your car, plan for and anticipate traffic jams and blocked roads, hail, heavy rain and flooding.
  • If you choose to drive away, let someone know where you are going and that you are not at home.
  • If you choose to drive away, know where you’re going before you start your car. Most cities DO NOT have public shelters!
  • Overpasses are death traps in tornadoes, and if you stop under them in a hail storm, you may cause an accident! This is not safe!
  • If you wait til you see the tornado or hear the sirens, it is TOO LATE to drive away!! Plan ahead!
  • If you don’t feel safe where you are, and feel the need to drive away, you CANNOT wait until the warning is issued!!!
  • Charge your cell phone now and take it to shelter with you. Remember your drivers license, keys, important papers and meds.
  • Think about your pets now! Find leashes and carriers before the warning. They need food and water, too.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and sturdy shoes when you go to shelter. No sandals or flip flops!!
  • Use lots of pillows, couch cushions, sleeping bags, mattress, blankets to cover up. Wear a helmet if you have one.
  • Put as many walls between you and the tornado as you can. Get under a sturdy table or desk if you can.
  • You can survive almost every tornado on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, away from doors, windows and outside walls.
  •  Best option is underground or in a safe room designed to withstand a tornado.