Tornado Safety

Tornadoes are classified by the severity of damage that they cause. This is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 known as the FUJITA SCALE. Tornadoes that are rated as an F-3 or higher are said to be Violent Tornadoes.

Q: Who is most at risk from tornadoes?
A: Those who are in mobile homes and automobiles.


Tornado Watch
Conditions are right for tornadoes to form. When your area is under a Tornado Watch, continue to stay tuned to KLTV Channel 7 for possible warnings.

Tornado Warning
A tornado has been spotted by a trained observer or detected on Doppler Radar. Take action immediately.


At Home

  • Go to the basement, under the stairs or under a heavy piece of furniture like a table or workbench.
  • Get under heavy furniture, and cover your head with blankets or pillows. The biggest threat of death or injury comes from head injuries caused by flying or falling debris.
  • Keep windows closed and stay away from them.

In School

  • Go to the lowest floor or basement.
  • Get to interior rooms or hallways and protect your head.
  • Stay out of gymnasiums and auditoriums.
  • In Public Buildings
  • Go to designated shelter, an interior hallway or small room on the lowest floor.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Do not go to your car.

In Open Country

  • Move away from a tornado at right angles.
  • If a tornado is near, DO NOT try to outrun it.
  • Get out of your car, lie flat in a ditch or depression.
  • Stay away from large trees or metal poles. Cover your head.

In Mobile Homes

  • Leave your mobile home immediately.
  • If there is no designated community shelter, take cover in a ditch or depression.
  • Persons in mobile homes should have a plan of action before threatening weather occurs.