During a Tornado

At Home
  • Go at once to the basement, storm cellar, or the lowest level of the building.
  • If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a small inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from windows.
  • Go to the center of the room and:
    • Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
    • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table and hold on to it.
    • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • If in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.
At Work or School
  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Outdoors
  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
 If in a car, NEVER try to outdrive a tornado in a car or truck.

Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up the car or truck and toss it through the air.

  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
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