Mouse over the icons on the interactive image below for tornado safety tips.
During a Tornado
- Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level, closet, or interior hallway.
- Stay away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- Make sure to put on shoes.
- Do not open windows.
- Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
- Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
- Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Leave vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
In a Manufactured Home or Office
- Get out immediately, go to a pre-determined building or storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.