How to Prepare for a Tornado

When the weather is humid and the sky is getting dark, it is scary knowing there could be a tornado in your neighborhood at any time.

But with the right knowledge and preparation, you can give yourself piece of mind knowing your family is staying safe.

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.

Things You Will Need

  • First aid supplies
  • Medications for family members
  • Canned food
  • Can opener
  • Three-day supply of water
  • Extra clothing
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Radio with extra batteries
  • Pet food and medications, if needed