From FEMA:

  • Keep alert to all weather changes
  • Take shelter immediately when you hear a tornado warning or see a funnel cloud
  • Have a Plan in place to get to your shelter
  • Understand the differences between “WARNINGS” and “WATCHES”

A TORNADO WATCH is a time to start keeping a closer eye on the weather and be prepared if conditions worsen.

A TORNADO WARNING is given when a tornado funnel has been sighted or indicated by radar. TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY…There is not always time for a warning for you to prepare…That is why it is important for you to stay alert during severe storms
Although there is no guaranteed safe place during a tornado, some locations are better than others. By following these suggested safety tips, you can increase your chances for survival.

One basic rule to follow wherever you are is to avoid WINDOWS. Stay out of and away from heavy objects.

Protect your head, and make yourself as small a target as possible, by crouching down.

The least desirable place to be during a tornado, is in a motor vehicle. Cars, buses, and trucks, are tossed easily by tornado winds. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. If you see a tornado, stop your vehicle, and get out. Seek shelter away from the car in a nearby ditch or ravine; do not get under your vehicle. Lie flat, and put your arms over your head.

If you are caught outside during a tornado, and there is no shelter immediately available, lie in a gully, ditch, or low spot in the ground. Protect your body and head with anything available.Do not go into a grove of trees or under a vehicle.

Emergency services personnel are usually on the scene quickly after a tornado. Keep your family together, and wait for help to arrive.

Listen to the radio for information about disaster relief and assistance available from local authorities and volunteer agencies.

If you are outside, don’t go into damaged buildings; they may collapse completely. Wait for help to search for others.

If your home appears undamaged, check for gas or other utility line breaks carefully. If the lights are out, use a flashlight only; do not use a match, lighter, or any open flame.

Emergency Supply Kit:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kitWhistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

In case of injury:

  • In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.
  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

Other first aid supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

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