In an average year, 1000
tornadoes are reported, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.
Tornadoes have been reported in every state and can happen at any time of the
year. Take tornadoes seriously, because with winds blowing at 200 mph or more,
they can destroy just about anything in its path. Always listen to the radio
and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
TORNADO WATCH means
tornadoes are possible in your area. Stay tuned to the radio or television
TORNADO WARNING means
a tornado is either on the ground or has been detected by Doppler radar. Seek
BEFORE A TORNADO:
- Have a disaster plan. Make
sure everyone knows where to go in case a tornado threatens.
- Make sure you know which
county or parish you live in.
- Prepare a disaster
supplies kit for your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a
can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective
clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and
DURING A TORNADO:
- Go to a
- If you do not have a
basement, go to an interior room without windows on the lowest floor such as a
bathroom or closet.
- If you can, get under a
sturdy piece of furniture, like a table.
- If you live in a mobile
home get out. They offer little protection against tornadoes.
- Get out of automobiles. Do
not try to outrun a tornado in your car, leave it immediately.
- If youre outside, go
to a ditch or low lying area and lie flat in it.
- Stay away from fallen
power lines and stay out of damaged areas.
IF YOURE AT SCHOOL
DURING A TORNADO:
- Every school should have a
disaster plan and have frequent drills.
- Basements offer the best
- Schools without basements
should use interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor away from
- Crouch down on your knees
and protect your head with your arms.
AFTER A TORNADO:
- Stay indoors until it is
safe to come out.
- Check for injured or
trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
- Watch out for downed power
- Use a flashlight to
inspect your home.