Severe Weather & Tornado Safety Tips
- Maintain an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car to help prepare for power outages or impassable roads. Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to learn more about how to be better prepared and how to protect your family during emergencies. Find severe weather and tornado preparedness tips at http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.
- Follow the instructions of state and local officials, and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated disaster response and evacuation information. Residents can listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news to monitor for severe weather updates and warnings. The National Weather Service is the source for tornado watches and warnings.
- Become familiar with the terms used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued. Terms used to describe tornado and other severe weather hazards include the following:
For a flash flood:
- A flash flood watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
- A flash flood warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
For a severe thunderstorm:
- A severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm with large hail and/or damaging winds is possible in your area.
- A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm with large hail and/or damaging winds is occurring or imminent, move indoors immediately.
For a tornado:
- A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
- A tornado warning means a tornado is either occurring or imminent, take shelter immediately.