A tornado is a violent storm with spiraling high speed winds.  Tornadoes are usually accompanied by hail, severe thunderstorms and wind. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound like a train far away.

When a tornado threatens, immediate action can save your life!

  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Protect your head.
  • In homes and mall buildings, go to the basement or to an interior part of the lowest level-take shelter in a closets, bathrooms, or interior halls. Get under something sturdy or lie in the bathtub and cover yourself with a blanket.
  • In schools, nursing homes, hospitals, factories, and shopping centers, go to pre-designated shelter area.  Interior hallways on the lowest floors are best.
  • In high-rise buildings, go to interior small rooms or hallways on the lowest floor possible with no windows. If you can see outside you are not safe.
  • In vehicles or mobile homes, leave them and go to a substantial structure.  If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert with your hands shielding your head and neck.

A Tornado Watch - means there is a possibility of one or more tornadoes in your area. Continue normal activity but monitor weather conditions closely.

A Tornado Warning - means a tornado has been sighted and may be shelter immediately!