Learn how to stay safe during a tornado, and how to improve your home’s ability to withstand tornadoes.
Tornadoes are violent: they can completely destroy well-made structures, uproot trees and hurl objects through the air like deadly missiles. Although severe tornadoes are most common in the Plains States, they can happen anywhere. Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe.
Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows
Know the difference!
A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible.
A tornado WARNING means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.
Download your Tornado Safety Checklist
Be sure you’re Red Cross Ready. That means:
Prepare in Advance
Right Before a Tornado
Don’t wait until you see the tornado to act! If you do nothing else:
1. Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
2. Move to an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If none is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
3. Find a local emergency shelter and know the best routes to get there if you need to.
If You Are Outdoors
If you do nothing else:
Let friends and family know you’re safe. - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.