Tips to keep you safe during a tornado

Severe weather leaves the question: Where do I go during a storm?

Danger Signs a Tornado Could be Approaching:

  • VISUAL: A large, dark and low cloud, especially one that is rotating
  • SOUND: A loud roar, often described as sounding like a freight train

How to react to Tornado Watches and Warnings:

  • Tornado Watch: Meteorologists believe a tornado is possible. Use TV, radio or a mobile device to get updates on the severe weather's path. Keep an eye on the sky, and be in a position to quickly get somewhere safe if the situation worsens.
  • Tornado Warning: Meteorologists have confirmed a tornado sighting or identified a tornado on radar. Immediately seek shelter in a basement, tornado shelter or interior room. If you live on an upper floor of an apartment building, find the most interior space possible -- away from windows. Have as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

Have a Plan:

  • The Channel 6 Weather Team has forecasted possible severe weather Saturday night into Sunday.
    1. If you lead a church, proactively devise a plan for where everyone will shelter if a tornado warning is issued during your service. Give clear instructions that will help everyone safely reach the designated location inside the building.
    2. If you live in a mobile home, it will offer little protection from a tornado. Before the severe weather hits, contact a friend or relative whose home may offer you better protection. If you are unable to locate a safer house that you could reach quickly if necessary, locate your nearest storm shelter and devise a plan for getting there.
    3. If you are caught outside during a tornado, then you are already in a worst-case scenario. Buckling your seatbelt and parking your vehicle in a place that could shield flying debris could save your life. Never try to outrun a tornado nor hide under an overpass or bridge. You are safest in a low, flat location -- if worst comes to worst.

Resources:

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For more detailed information about tornado safety, click here.

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