Tornado

Tornado Information


Before and During

  • Continue to monitor your local radio or television stations for emergency information and the potential of additional storms.
  • Identify safe locations in a basement, interior room, and lowest floor preferably with no windows.
  • A tornado WATCH is when tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A tornado warning is when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
  • Danger signs include dark often greenish color clouds, large hail, funnel cloud, and roaring noise
  • MOVE to and underground location, shelter, basement, or safe room. If you need to drive to closest shelter, drive at right angles to the storm movement. If strong winds and debris occurs, keep your head down below the windows.
  • Be aware of possible structural, electrical, or gas-leak hazards.
  • Be careful around sharp objects, including nails and broken glass.
  • Take steps to prevent heat illnesses and dehydration.

Potential Hazards

Response and recovery work in tornado-impacted areas presents safety and health hazards that should be properly identified, evaluated, and controlled in a systematic manner to reduce or eliminate occupational safety and health risks to response and recovery workers. Some of the specific hazards associated with working in the aftermath of tornadoes include:

  • Hazardous driving conditions due to slippery and/or blocked roadways
  • Slips and falls due to slippery walkways
  • Falling and flying objects such as tree limbs and utility poles
  • Sharp objects including nails and broken glass
  • Electrical hazards from downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Falls from heights
  • Burns from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
  • Exhaustion from working extended shifts
  • Heat and Dehydration.

Weather Warnings

The American Red Cross app from your app store has key information and weather warning ability