Citizen Emergency

What to do during a tornado.

Emergency Procedure

If you are in a structure:

Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm  cellar, or the lowest building level.  If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.  Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.  Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.  Do not open windows.

If you are in a vehicle or mobile home:

Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.  Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

If you are outside with no shelter:

  • Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.  Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge.  You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck.  Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safer shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris.  Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

 

Additional Information from FEMA on Tornadoes