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                                  Tornado Safety Checklist
                                                                Know the Difference
A tornado is a violently rotating column of
air extending from the base of a thunderstorm                   Tornado Watch
down to the ground. Tornado intensities are                     Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and
classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings                     discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe
between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). They                    room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a
are capable of completely destroying well-                      tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
made structures, uprooting trees and hurling                    Tornado Warning
objects through the air like deadly missiles.                   A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado
Although severe tornadoes are more common                       warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go
in the Plains States, tornadoes have been                       immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior
reported in every state.                                        room (closet, hallway or bathroom).


   What should I do to prepare                     What should I do if a tornado                       What do I do after a tornado?
         for a tornado?                                  is threatening?




Ë During any storm, listen to local news or     Ë The safest place to be is an underground           Ë Continue listening to local news or a
  a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed           shelter, basement or safe room.                      NOAA Weather Radio for updated
  about watches and warnings.                                                                          information and instructions.
                                                Ë If no underground shelter or safe room
Ë Know your community’s warning                   is available, a small, windowless interior         Ë If you are away from home, return only
  system. Communities have different              room or hallway on the lowest level of a             when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  ways of warning residents about                 sturdy building is the safest alternative.
                                                                                                     Ë Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and
  tornados, with many having sirens
                                                      • Mobile homes are not safe during               sturdy shoes when examining your walls,
  intended for outdoor warning purposes.
                                                        tornadoes or other severe winds.               doors, staircases and windows for damage.
Ë Pick a safe room in your home where                 • Do not seek shelter in a hallway or
  household members and pets may gather                 bathroom of a mobile home.                   Ë Watch out for fallen power lines or
  during a tornado. This should be a                  • If you have access to a sturdy                 broken gas lines and report them to the
  basement, storm cellar or an interior                 shelter or a vehicle, abandon your             utility company immediately.
  room on the lowest floor with no                      mobile home immediately.                     Ë Stay out of damaged buildings.
  windows.                                            • Go to the nearest sturdy building or
                                                        shelter immediately, using your              Ë Use battery-powered flashlights when
Ë Practice periodic tornado drills so that                                                             examining buildings—do NOT use candles.
                                                        seat belt if driving.
  everyone knows what to do if a tornado
                                                      • Do not wait until you see the
  is approaching.                                                                                    Ë If you smell gas or hear a blowing or
                                                        tornado.
                                                                                                       hissing noise, open a window and get
Ë Consider having your safe room                                                                       everyone out of the building quickly and
                                                Ë If you are caught outdoors, seek
  reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an                                                                 call the gas company or fire department.
                                                  shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy
  interior room to provide better
                                                  building. If you cannot quickly walk
  protection can be found on the FEMA                                                                Ë Take pictures of damage, both of the
                                                  to a shelter:
  Web site at http://www.fema.gov/                                                                     building and its contents, for insurance
  plan/prevent/rms/rmsp453.shtm.                      • Immediately get into a vehicle,                claims.
                                                        buckle your seat belt and try to
Ë Prepare for high winds by removing                                                                 Ë Use the telephone only for emergency
                                                        drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  diseased and damaged limbs from trees.                                                               calls.
                                                      • If flying debris occurs while you
Ë Move or secure lawn furniture, trash                  are driving, pull over and park.             Ë Keep all of your animals under your
  cans, hanging plants or anything else that            Now you have the following                     direct control.
  can be picked up by the wind and become               options as a last resort:
  a projectile.                                                                                      Ë Clean up spilled medications, bleaches,
                                                         • Stay in the car with the seat belt          gasoline or other flammable liquids that
Ë Watch for tornado danger signs:                          on. Put your head down below                could become a fire hazard.
                                                           the windows, covering with your
     • Dark, often greenish clouds—a                       hands and a blanket if possible.          Ë Check for injuries. If you are trained,
       phenomenon caused by hail                         • If you can safely get noticeably            provide first aid to persons in need until
     • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of                  lower than the level of the                 emergency responders arrive.
       the base of a thunderstorm                          roadway, exit your car and lie
     • Cloud of debris                                     in that area, covering your
     • Large hail                                          head with your hands.
     • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating
       extension of the cloud base                    • Your choice should be driven by
     • Roaring noise                                    your specific circumstances.


  Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
  If your community experiences a tornado, or any disaster, register on the American
  Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family
  and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-
  GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.




                                       For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit RedCross.org.
                                                                                   Copyright © 2009 by the American National Red Cross   |   Stock No. 658592

				
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