Tornadoes can strike with little or no warning. It's important to plan ahead so you know what to do when a tornado is sighted.
- A Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
- A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately.
Before a tornado:
- Determine the best place in your home to take shelter during a tornado. Basements or spaces underground are the best spots.
- If you don't have a basement, find an interior room on the lowest floor of your home.
- In a high-rise building, choose an interior space on the lowest floor possible.
- Ensure your family knows what to do in the event of a tornado watch or warning.
Tip: CERT training prepares you to help your family and your community before, during, and after an emergency. Learn more about CERT and other training opportunities here
When a tornado is spotted:
- Seek shelter immediately.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
- If you are in a vehicle or mobile home, evacuate to a building that provides better protection.
- If a building is not available, lie flat in a low-lying area (such as a ditch). Do not go under a bridge or underpass.
After a tornado:
- Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
- Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them.
- Watch your step for broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects.
- Stay out of heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could still collapse.
- Do not use matches or lighters incase there is a gas leak.
Remember to listen to the radio and sign up for Alert Montgomery to stay informed and receive further instructions in the event of an emergency.
For more information on preparing for tornadoes visit Ready.gov