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Tornado/Severe Weather Response Guide

Tornado warnings come just minutes before the event and time is of the essence.  You will not have time to travel to a safe location.  Don't wait for confirmation.

If you are Outdoors:

  • Attempt to seek inside shelter if it is close by.  If not, lie in a low lying ditch, culvert, etc.  Cover your face and head.
If Inside of a Building
  • Proceed to a below-ground level floor if possible, or get to the center portion of the building inside of a closet, bathroom, hallway, or under a doorway or other structural support.
  • Stay away from windows, book shelves, and other unsecured objects that might fall on top of you.
  • Cover yourself with anything available that may provide protection from falling or flying objects.
  • Stay in place until an all clear is sounded or rescuers get to you.
  • After the threat has ended, get to an assembly area or shelter where you can be accounted for.
Other Severe Weather Tips
  • Have a battery operated radio available for weather warnings, instructions, and updates.
  • Dress appropriately for severe temperatures.  Wear multiple layers of clothing for cold weather and thin, absorbent, reflective clothing for extreme heat.
  • Keep a flashlight, bottled water, and extra food on hand for emergencies.
  • Do not leave shelter unless absolutely necessary.
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