Tornadoes are natures most violent storms.
Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Tornadoes strike with little or no warning.
Understand these terms:
Tornado Watch: Tornados are possible.
Tornado Warning: Take shelter; tornado sighted.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms are occurring.
When a Watch or Warning has been issued:
Monitor your local TV and radio stations for up-to-date information.
If a tornado has been sighted in your area, go to a safe place in a building away from windows and doors, such as a interior hallway on the lowest level possible.
Get under a sturdy piece of furniture a table or desk.
Use your arms to protect head and neck.
If you are outside or in your car, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. Do NOT attempt to outdrive a tornado.
Do not seek shelter under a highway underpass.
After Severe Weather has Passed:
Be aware of broken glass and downed power lines.
Check for injuries.
Move seriously injured persons only if they are in immediate danger or if their life is threatened.
Use caution entering a damaged building.
Contact relatives to let them know you are safe.