During a tornado:
IF A TORNADO WARNING SIREN IS ACTIVATED - SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY! DO NOT WAIT!
If you are inside a structure (e.g. residence, school, shopping center or high-rise building):
- Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, or the lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hallway, away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
- Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
- Get under a sturdy table or piece of furniture and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- Do not open windows.
If you are in a vehicle:
- Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter.
- Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
- Be aware of the potential for flooding.
- Do not get under your vehicle, or a highway overpass or bridge; you are safer in a low, flat location.
- Watch out for flying debris. (Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.)
Before a tornado:
- Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Listen to NOAA All Hazard Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
- Look for approaching storms and for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train
- Be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Modified from FEMA information