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.

Go to the basement immediately.

  • If there isn’t 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.