Severe Weather Information
Tornado Facts: “Tornado Watch” is a tornado or severe “Thunderstorm Watch” is issued whenever conditions exist for severe weather to develop. This is the time for you to prepare. Listen to your local radio or television station for weather updates. If you have friends or neighbors who are hearing impaired or have special needs, alert them to the current weather status.
A Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued whenever a tornado or severe thunderstorm has actually been sighted or strongly indicated by radar. This is the time to take appropriate cover immediately.
What kind of shelter is available?
- In Your Home: A basement offers the greatest safety. In homes without basements, take cover in the center of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom. In either case, seek shelter under sturdy furniture if possible.
- In a Mobile Home: Go to a prearranged substantial shelter.
- Driving a Vehicle: Get out of and away from the vehicle. Seek shelter in a basement, ditch or ravine away from the vehicle.
- At Work or School: Follow advance plans to move into interior hallways or small rooms on the lowest level. Avoid areas with glass and wide, free-span roofs. (Schools, factories, and office buildings should designate someone to monitor the weather channels and initiate an alarm if needed).
- In Open Country: Get into a sturdy building if possible or lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression. If possible, hold onto something on the ground; otherwise, use your hands to shield your head.
Lightning Facts: Lightning is the greatest natural destroyer of property. When severe thunderstorms are active, take extreme caution and be aware that lightning bolts occur from severe thunderstorm activity. If you hear thunder, lightning is a threat. Protect yourself, lightening threatens much more than property.
When There is Lightning Nearby:
- Do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
- Stay away from electrical appliances, TVs, fireplaces, metal objects, windows, and doors.
- Seek shelter immediately in an enclosed building or vehicle.
- Avoid isolated trees, high ground, bodies of water, or large open areas.