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
a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing--
- First aid kit and essential medications.
- Canned food and can opener.
- At least three gallons of water per person.
- Protective clothing, bedding, or sleeping bags.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
- Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
- Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water
if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional
to turn natural gas service back on.)
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.
When a Tornado WATCH Is
- Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound
of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like
a freight train.
When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued...
- If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself
from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching
- If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building
or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
- If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for
safety (as above).
After the Tornado Passes...
- Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
- Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
- Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
- Do not use candles at any time.
Your Local Red Cross Chapter
Can Provide Additional Materials in English and Spanish:
Materials for Children:
To get copies of American Red Cross Community Disaster Education materials,
contact your local Red Cross chapter.
- "Disaster Preparedness Coloring
Book" (PDF File) (ARC
2200, English, or Spanish) for
children ages 3-10.
- "Adventures of the Disaster Dudes" (ARC 5024) video and
Presenter's Guide for use by an adult with children in grades 4-6.
- "After the Tornado" Coloring Book (ARC 2205, English, or
ARC 2205S, Spanish)
And remember . . . when a tornado, flood, earthquake, fire, or other emergency
happens in your community, you can count on your local American
Red Cross chapter to be there to help you and your family. Your
Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on contributions of your
time, money, and blood. For more information, please contact your local
American Red Cross chapter
or emergency management office.
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