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Tornado Safety


Preparing for a Tornado

  • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
  • Practice getting to your home shelter area.
  • Know the locations of designated shelter areas in places like schools and shopping centers.

Tornado Watch –
Tornadoes are possible in the area.  Stay tuned to radio or TV and watch the sky.

Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted.  Take cover at once.

During a Tornado Watch

    • Stay tuned to radio or TV for updates.

    • Be prepared to take shelter at any time, since some tornadoes develop so quickly that advance warning is impossible.

    • Watch the sky for funnel-shaped clouds and pay attention to tornado danger signs – dark, greenish sky, large hail, and a loud roar similar to a freight train.

    • Stay out of large, flat buildings with wide open areas such as supermarkets or shopping malls.

    • Stock your home shelter area with a flashlight, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, water and a first-aid kit.

    During a Tornado Warning

    • Head for the designated shelter or a central area on the lowest floor of a nearby building.
    • In a high-rise, get to the lowest floor possible and go to an interior room.
    • Leave vehicles at once.  Seek shelter in a sturdy building.
    • If you are caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head.  Do not get under bridges or overpasses. 
    • Never attempt to outrun a tornado.

    After a Tornado

    • Watch for debris – especially broken glass – and downed power lines.
    • Be careful when entering a tornado damaged structure.  Make sure the walls and roof are in place and the foundation is sound.

    Brentwood Police Dept. – 644-7100