How to prepare for a disaster
Are you prepared for a tornado?
• During a storm, listen to the NOAA Weather radio or tune in to local news in case of a tornado warning.
• Always know your community's warning system because different communities have different ways of warning citizens about tornadoes.
• Chose a safe room in your home where people and pets can go during a tornado. It can be a basement, storm cellar or a room on the lowest floor of your house with no windows.
• Always practice tornado drills so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
• Always reinforce your safe room. Plans for providing protection for your safe room are on the FEMA website.
• Prepare for high winds by removing damaged and diseased tree limbs.
• Secure lawn furniture, trash cans or anything that can be picked up by wind.
• Watch for tornado signs:
- Dark, greenish clouds
- Wall clouds (lowering of the base of a thunderstorm)
- Clouds of debris
- Large hail
- Funnel cloud (rotating base of a cloud)
- Roaring, train-like noise.