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Tornadoes occur in all 50 states and can happen at any time of day.

Due to climate change, tornado alley is shifting farther east.


  • Establish a safe room in your home / office building. A basement 

or installed tornado shelter is best.  If those are not an option,

take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of your

building and put as many walls between you and the outside

as possible.

  • Know the difference between a tornado watch & warning.

Tornado Watch = Conditions are favorable for the development of 

severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.

Tornado WarningA tornado has either been spotted or is indicated

by Doppler Radar.

  • Invest in a NOAA weather radio to ensure you receive weather


  • If a tornado warning is issued for your area, take cover

with your family and pets immediately!

  • If you are in a mobile home or vehicle, get inside a study building if

you can safely do so. Never try to outrun or out-drive a tornado.

  • If you are in a vehicle and no shelter is available, use your best judgement.  You have two choices:

       1. Lie flat in the nearest ditch away from trees/tall objects and cover your head with your hands.

       2. Park your vehicle off the road away from trees/tall objects, sit on the floor below the dash, and cover your head with your hands. 

  • Protect your head from falling objects and debris.

  • Stay up-to-date on weather by listening to NOAA Weather Radio

  • and/or local TV meteorologists on your phone in your safe room.

  • After the storm, report any damage to your local National Weather Service Office.

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