Know what to look for. Large hail, a dark greenish sky, low-lying dark clouds and a roar similar to a freight train are all danger signs.
Keep alert. Listening to weather forecasts on the radio and television is important when your are trying to stay informed. A weather radio might be helpful. Keep in mind that when a tornado watch is issued, it means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. When a warning is issued, it means one has been spotted in the area.
Pick a "safe spot" in your home, and make sure all members of the household know when to go there. It should be away from windows, preferably in a basement. If your home does not have a basement, go to a space that is away from outside walls, such as a closet or a bathroom. Most communities have shelters for people who do not have the proper protection at home.
Prepare a disaster supply kit, assembling the first aid supplies and all other items you need. Keep it near your emergency "safe spot" in your home.