Tornado Warning

If informed of tornado

  • DO NOT WAIT until you see tornado, take action immediately
  • The safest place to be is in a sturdy building and if available, a basement
  • If no basement is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative

If caught outdoors

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building and if available, the basement
  • As a last resort, get to a low lying area and cover your head with your hands

If driving

  • Make sure your seat belt is on. Proceed cautiously to a close sturdy building
  • If not near a sturdy building, but you are near your vehicle, immediately get in, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy building
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.

If driving · last resort

  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands
  • If there are no low lying areas, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, cover with your hands and any cloth material

Avoid trailers and sheds

  • Mobile homes, trailers and sheds are not safe in tornadoes or severe winds
  • DO NOT SEEK SHELTER INSIDE OF THESE STRUCTURES!
  • If you have access to a sturdy building or vehicle, abandon your mobile home, trailer, or shed immediately. As a last resort, safely get to a low lying area and cover your head with your hands.

Your choice of action should be driven by your specific circumstance

For current conditions visit: www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz