DURING A TORNADO

Hot, humid weather combined with a cold front could be a sign that a tornado is brewing. A funnel cloud hanging from a dark cloud may be visible before the tornado actually occurs. A tornado may be accompanied by lightning, high winds and hail.

TORNADO PHOTO

        Go to the basement immediately.

        If there isnít a basement, take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway or protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.

        Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.

 

IF AT THE OFFICE OR IN APARTMENT BUILDING:

 

        Take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or the ground floor.

        Do not use the elevator and stay away from windows.

        Avoid buildings such as gymnasiums, shopping malls, arenas, and auditoriums with large free spanning roofs as these could collapse.

 

IF YOU ARE DRIVING OR OUTSIDE:

 

        Try not to get caught in a car or a mobile home.

        Take shelter elsewhere, such as a building with a strong foundation.

        If no shelter is available, get out of and away from the vehicle. It could be blown through the air, or roll over on you. Take cover in a low-lying area such as a ditch or a ravine.

        Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and eyes from flying debris.