A Tornado Watch has been issued for much of New York State, including Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben and Yates Counties until 5pm today, meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the Watch area. The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, check supplies and safe rooms, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.
During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:
Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait until you see the tornado. The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom). Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.
The American Red Cross also encourages residents to download the free Tornado App, which gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area. The Tornado App can be found in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
For more safety tips and additional information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado.