What should I do if threatened by a tornado?
Windblown debris poses the greatest risk of injury or death from tornadoes. Stay away from windows and avoid the inside corners of a building. Do not open windows because this causes deadly debris to enter! You can be safe by following these tips:
  • In a High Rise Building - Go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use elevators.
  • In a Mobile Home - Seek shelter in a sturdy building. If one is not available, crouch low in a dry ditch, ravine, or culvert and cover your head with your hands.
  • In schools, nursing homes, shopping centers, and hospitals--Stay away from open spaces with wide, free-span roofs such as dining halls, gymnasiums, and auditoriums. Go to predesignated shelter areas.
  • In Your Home - The safest location is in a basement. If you do not have a basement, seek shelter on the lowest floor in an interior small room or hallway (e.g., a closet or bathroom without windows).
For questions, contact Emergency Management.

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