Tornadoes can be incredibly dangerous, and knowing what to do during one can save lives. Here are some essential steps to take when a tornado is approaching:

Listen to Local News: Keep an eye on local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings. 
 Sometimes tornadoes strike quickly without much warning. Be vigilant and ready to take action if conditions worsen.

If you are at home during a tornado warning:

Avoid Windows: Stay away from windows to avoid flying debris.

Under Furniture: Seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture.

Basement or Safe Room: Go to your basement or an interior room away from windows. If you have a safe room, use it.

Pets: Don’t forget about your pets if time allows.

At Your Workplace or School:

Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly.

Avoid large open rooms like cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.


If you are outdoors when a tornado approaches:

Seek Shelter: Immediately seek shelter inside a sturdy building. Sheds, storage facilities, mobile homes, and tents are not safe.

Mobile Vehicles: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is unsafe. Drive to the closest shelter. If you can’t reach shelter, get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area like a ditch or ravine.

Emergency Supplies:

Prepare for a long-term stay at home or sheltering in place by gathering emergency supplies, including:

Non-perishable Foods


Medical Supplies and Medication

Cleaning supplies 

Tornados can be  unpredictable, so it’s crucial to stay informed and take immediate action when necessary. Safety should always be the top priority! 

For more detailed information, you can refer to the National Weather Service’s tornado safety guidelines and National Geographic’s tips on staying safe from tornadoes.

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