Here’s what you can do to prepare for such an emergency.
Prepare a Home Tornado Plan
Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing–First
Canned food and can opener
At least three gallons of water per person
Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags
Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.)
Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
Stay Tuned For Storm Warnings:
Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means:\
A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be
headed for your area.
Go to safety immediately.
Tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by county or parish.