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Tornado Safety Tips

  • Stay away from windows.

  • Go to a basement storm shelter. If not available, go to an interior room without windows on the lowest level of the structure, preferably a closet or bathroom. Place as may walls between  you and the outside as possible. Cover yourself with pillows, a mattress or blankets and wear a helmet and shatter resistant goggles. Keep your shoes on.

  • Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during a tornado. If you feel your home is unsafe, move to a preselected shelter before the storm arrives.

  • Avoid windows and do not take shelter in halls that open to the outside.

  • If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of  a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. If there is not a building nearby, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.

  • DO NOT take shelter under an underpass or bridge. It is not safe since it can leave you exposed to flying debris.

  • Be aware of the counties, cities and towns that are near you. It will be easier to track the tornado’s direction if you are familiar with the geography of your  area.


When considering where to install your storm shelter the most important thing to consider is “Convenience”

If your storm shelter is conveniently located you will be more likely to seek shelter in the event of a tornado.

Underground storm shelters are best located as close to the home as possible.
Near an outside exit for the quickest access.
Make sure the area you chose does not flood when it rains heavily.
An area free of trees is the most optimal because fallen limbs could prevent you from being able to open the door.
Make sure you have a clear path or walkway to your storm shelter for quick access.

REMEMBER:  Tell your neighbors and or relatives if you have a storm shelter and where it is located so they will have a general idea of where you plan to seek shelter and they can assist emergency personnel if needed.  Some communities have programs available which allow you to register your storm shelters.  These data bases aide rescue workers in being able to locate and rescue you quickly.

Storm Shelter Placement

A tornado WATCH means weather conditions are prime for a tornado.

A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.

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