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The links below will take you to pages with more detailed information on tornadoes


F-0 40-72 Chimney Damage, Tree Branches Broken
F-1 73-112 Mobile Homes Pushed off Foundations
F-2 113-157 Considerable Damage, Mobile Homes Demolished
F-3 158-157 Roofs and Walls Torn Down, Trains Overturned, Cars Thrown
F-4 207-260 Well-constructed Walls Leveled
F-5 261-318 Homes Lifted off Foundation, Cars Thrown over 300 Feet.


A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. 

Remain alert for approaching storms.
This is time to remind family members where the safest places within your home are located, and listen to the radio or television for further developments.
Be prepared to seek shelter.


A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted in the area.

 Immediately seek safe shelter.


Before you are faced with the threat of a tornado, plan now and be prepared.

Conduct tornado drills each tornado season.
Designate an area in the home as a shelter.
Conduct tornado drills with your family.
Know the difference between a "watch" and a "warning."
Have Emergency Supplies on hand.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable, battery-operated radio and

extra batteries

First aid kit and manual
Emergency food and water
Non-electric can opener
Essential medicines
Cash and credit cards
Sturdy shoes


A tornado is one of nature's most awe inspiring events.  Be familiar with this information if in the event you spot a tornado.

Take cover immediately.
Stay away from windows, doors, outside walls and open spaces.
Protect your head from falling objects or flying debris.
In public buildings, go to the pre-designated shelter areas.
In a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home, get out immediately and go to a more substantial structure.
Never get underneath a mobile home/trailer.
Seek shelter on foot if possible.
If there is no shelter nearby lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head.


If you are in an area when a tornado strikes the following information is provided to help in protecting your family.

If in a Building
Go to the basement, storm cellar, or the lowest level of the building.
If no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows.
Get away from the windows.
Get under a piece of sturdy furniture.
Use arms to protect head and neck.
If in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If Outside

If possible, get inside a building.
If shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or crouch

near a strong building.

Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Use arms to protect head and neck.

If in a Car

Never try to out drive a tornado. Get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building.
If shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or crouch near a strong building.
Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Use arms to protect head and neck.


After a tornado strikes and area, there will be much debris.  Caution must be exercised to ensure your safety.

Help injured or trapped persons.
Give first aid when appropriate.
Don't try to move the seriously injured. Call for help.
Turn on radio or television to get the latest emergency information.
Stay out of damaged buildings.
Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, or gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately.
Leave the buildings if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
Take pictures of the damage--both to the house and its contents--for insurance purposes.
Remember to help neighbors who may require special assistance (i.e. infants, elderly).




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