Preparedness

Home
If at home:
  • Go at once to a windowless interior room, storm cellar, basement, or lowest level of the building.
  • If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Stay away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room and stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench, heavy table, or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
  • If in a mobile home, get out immediately and find shelter elsewhere.
Work or School
If at work or school:
  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench, heavy table, or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
Outdoors
If outdoors:
  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of potential flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
Vehicle
If in a car:
  • Never try to out distance a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of potential flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.