A TORNADO WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. When a watch is issued:
- 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.
A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed to your area. When a 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 your area..
- 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 (it may need to be battery powered) for information and instructions.
- Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
Also see: Tornado Safe Areas