While tornados are more likely this time of year, they can happen at any time and in any place. Everyone should be equipped with basic safety knowledge so they can protect themselves and others when the sirens sound.
If you are in a home or building:
- Go to the basement, lowest level, or pre-designated shelter.
- If you can’t get to an underground space, try to get to an interior room, like a bathroom or hallway, and crouch down close to the floor.
- If you can, get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a table or a work bench and get as far away from windows as possible.
- Grab blankets and cushions to cover yourself with (especially your head) to protect yourself from flying debris.
If you are in a trailer or mobile home:
- Get out immediately and get to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little to no protection from tornados.
If you are outside:
- Try to drive to the nearest sturdy building or storm shelter.
- If you can’t drive to a shelter; stay in the car with your seat belt on, put your head below the level of the windows and use a blanket, jacket or cushion to cover yourself.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, you can leave your car and go lie in that area, covering your head. Your choice to stay in your car or not should be driven by your specific circumstances.
- Do not seek shelter under an overpass.
Safety Kit Preparations:
If you have a safety kit prepared for these types of situations, you’ll want to make sure it’s stocked with these helpful items in the event of a tornado.
- Battery operated NOAA weather radio
- Extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Sturdy shoes
- Extra blankets and pillows
- Bottled water
Source: National Weather Service