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Prepare a Tornado Family Disaster Plan.
Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement, a central, interior hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered, If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building. If you are in a mobile home, get out of it and go to the nearest sturdy building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.

Conduct periodic tornado drills so everyone remembers what to do when a tornado approaches.

Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for storm warnings.
Know what storm WATCHES and WARNINGS mean: 
A WATCH means a storm is possible in your area.
A WARNING means a storm has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.

When a tornado WARNING is issued...

    • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
    • If you are outside, hurry to a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
    • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above.)

After the tornado passes... 

    • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged areas.
    • Listen for information and instructions.
    • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
    • Do not use candles at any time.