Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can:
IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar
If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Prepare NOW for Tornado
Know your area’s tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar—similar to a freight train.
Sign up for your community’s warning system. DORRIS Mobile App provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
Consider constructing your own safe room that meets ICC 500 standards.
Survive DURING Tornado
Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
Listen to DORRIS alerting system for current emergency information and instructions.
Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.
Be Safe AFTER Tornado
Keep listening to DORRIS and local authorities for updated information.
If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to alert authorities with DORRIS Mobile App, send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting.
Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.
What you should do to prepare for Tornado:
Ensure you have DORRIS Mobile App on your phone
Prepare enough food and water for at least three days
All current prescription medications
Prepare portable radio and spare batteries
Working flashlight with extra batteries
Cell phone with charger
One change of clothing
One blanket or sleeping bag per person
Keep the car gas tank full.
Non-electric can opener or a utility knife
Passports, social security cards, immunization records, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), important telephone numbers
Local maps - paper version (Print one here!!!)
First Aid Kit
Make Emergency Plan
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (DORRIS Mobile App give you emergency alert as standard service)
- What is my evacuation route? (DORRIS Mobile App recommend you evacuation routes as standard service)
- What is my closest shelter? (DORRIS Mobile App give you list of shelters in your area as standard service)
- What is my family/household communication plan in case we separate?