When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no substitute for advanced planning—storms that produce tornadoes can develop quickly, so it’s important for you and your family to know exactly what to do before, during and after a twister strikes.
Take these steps before a tornado strikes:
• Create a family tornado plan that includes where you will seek shelter when a tornado warning is given and where you will meet after the disaster in case you get separated. Practice your family’s tornado plan at least once per year.
• Gather items that can protect you such as mattresses, sleeping bags and thick blankets and place them near your shelter area.
• Gather bottled water, non-perishable food items, flashlights and a battery-operated radio.
• Keep an ear to the radio or television and listen for storm updates/warnings.
Take these steps to stay safe during a tornado:
• Go to the basement or lowest level of your home, get under a sturdy structure then cover yourself with protective materials.
• Crouch down to the floor face down and cover your head with your hands.
• If you live in a mobile home, leave your house and seek other shelter. If there is nowhere else to go, lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands.
• Do not leave your safe space until local authorities say it is safe to do so.
Stay safe after the tornado hits by doing the following:
• Stay with your loved ones until emergency personnel arrive.
• Stay away from power lines and puddles near fallen wires since they may still be carrying electricity.
• Watch your step for broken glass, nails and other sharp objects that may have flown around.
• Do not enter heavily damaged homes or buildings that could collapse at any time.