Information on Tornadoes

tornadoTornadoes have been reported in every state. While they generally occur during spring and summer, they can happen anytime during the year. A tornado can destroy just about anything in its path.

Generally, there are weather signs and warnings that will alert you to take precautions. Get together with family members, discuss, and finalize your Family Disaster Plan.

Family Disaster Plan

  1. Pick a safe place in your home where family members could gather during a tornado. Make sure there are no windows or glass doors in the area. Keep this place uncluttered.
  2. If you live in a mobile home, choose another safe place in a sturdy, nearby building.
  3. Put together a Emergency Supplies Kit in a clearly labeled, easy-to-grab box, containing-
  4. Write instructions on how and when to turn off your utilities, including electricity, gas, and water.
  5. Make sure all family members know the name of the county or parish where you live or are traveling, since tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by county or parish.
  6. Conduct periodic emergency drills, so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado or other disaster occurs.
  7. Stay tuned for storm warnings. Listen to your local radio and television stations for updated storm information.
  8. After the tornado passes, watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of damaged areas. Listen to the radio for information and instructions. And, use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.

And remember, when a tornado, earthquake, flood, fire, or other emergency happens in your community, you can count on your local American Red Cross chapter to be there to help you and your family.

Be Familiar with Weather Advisory Terms

  1. rain stormWATCH means a tornado is possible near your area. Stay alert for the latest weather information. Be ready to take shelter. Before a warning is issued, check supplies of food and fuel. For the car, check fluid levels and keep the gas tank full.
  2. WARNING means a tornado has been sighted by someone or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

Sources: IEMA, American Red Cross, & NOAA

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