What do I do during a Tornado?
Whenever severe thunderstorms threaten our area, listen to WCEI for the latest information on a battery operated radio in case of power failure. Have extra batteries on hand. When a tornado has been sighted, stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Protect your head from falling or flying debris. Take cover immediately wherever you are. In a house or small building, go to the basement. If there is no basement, go to an interior part of the house on the lowest level such as a close or hallway and get under something sturdy like a heavy table until the danger has passed. In a public place, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are usually the safest. Stay away from windows and open spaces. Cooperate with staff and authorities. In a vehicle, trailer, mobile or manufactured home, get out immediately and go to a more substantial structure. If you are outside when a tornado hits and there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head. Do not attempt to flee or outrun a tornado in a car or other vehicle. You are not able to judge the swift and erratic movements of these storms.
After the Tornado . . .
Use great caution when entering a building damaged from high winds. When entering or cleaning a tornado damaged building, be sure that walls, ceiling, and roof are in place and that the structure rests firmly on its foundation. Watch out for broken glass and downed power lines. Check for injured persons. Call 9-1-1 for help if needed immediately.