Make a plan
Make a plan and be sure all family members know it well. Practice it a few times throughout the year. You may be seeking shelter in the middle of the night with no light to guide you so it’s important you know exactly where your pre-determined place of shelter is. Keep a weather radio in your bedroom so you know if a watch or warning has been issued during the night.
Flying debris is the greatest danger with a tornado so keep protective coverings like thick blankets in your shelter space. Consider keeping bottled water and first-aid supplies in your shelter area, as well.
Know the difference between a watch and warning
A tornado watch is issued when conditions for tornado formation are favorable. It doesn't mean severe weather is imminent. A tornado warning means severe weather is imminent and is based on specific criteria and existing reports received by the National Weather Service. If a warning is issued, you should seek shelter immediately. Tune in your weather radio, or if possible, turn on your TV or radio.
Know the signs of a tornado
Tornadoes can occur without a warning so it’s important to be alert to weather changes. Besides actually seeing a tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
What to do
After the tornado
Stay with others (your family, coworkers, fellow tenants) and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.
If necessary, try to provide aid to anyone who’s injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them. Watch for broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of heavily damaged houses or buildings. Don’t use matches or lighters in case leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks are nearby.