What to Do in the Event of a Tornado

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What to Do During a Tornado


  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • ̶Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.

    ̶Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.

  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.
If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
  • ̶Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.

    ̶If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances

More information American Red Cross

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