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What To Do During a Tornado

 

If You Are At Home
  • Go into the basement or seek shelter in a small, windowless room in the interior of the ground floor.  This can be a bathroom, enclosed hallway, or closet.
  • If you don’t have a basement, protect yourself by getting under a heavy table or desk.
  • Make sure to stay away from windows, doors, and exterior walls.  
If You Have A Farm
  • Livestock hear and feel tornadoes from a distance.  If your family or home are at risk, don’t worry about the livestock.  But, if your personal safety is not at risk, you may have just the time to open the barricades containing your animals.  Open the barriers and if necessary, leave the region in the area opposite from the projected path of the tornado.

If You Are in An Office or Apartment Building
  • Shelter yourself in an interior room or hallway, ideally in the basement or ground floor.
  • Don’t use elevators.
  • Stay away from windows.  
If You Are in a Gym, Church, or Auditorium
  • These large buildings with high roofs may collapse if a tornado touches down on them.
  • If possible, seek shelter in a different building.
  • If you find yourself in one of these buildings and cannot leave, seek shelter under a solid object like a heavy table or desk.  
If You Are in a Mobile Home or Car
  • Avoid staying in a mobile home or car.  Almost half of the deaths caused by tornadoes occur in mobile homes.
  • Seek shelter elsewhere, preferably in a solid building. Emergency Vehicle Car Kit
  • If no shelter is available, lay down in a ditch as far away from the mobile home or car as possible.  Because flooding may occur, stay alert and be prepared to move.
  • If you see a tornado in the horizon, seek the nearest solid shelter.
  • If the tornado is close by, abandon your car and lay down in a depression or ditch in the ground.
  • Always have an emergency car kit that you can take along if you need to leave your car.

In All Situations
  • Stay as close to the ground as possible and protect your head.   Watch out for objects thrown around by the hurricane.
  • Don’t try to approach the tornado.  Tornadoes are unpredictable and can change their path without warning.
  • Tornadoes can be deceiving.  It may look like they aren’t moving but in reality, may be moving towards you.