Tornado / Hurricane

Tornadoes have been reported on every continent except Antarctica and are nature’s most violent storms.  They can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood or town in a matter of seconds.

With whirling winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes usually appear as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground.  Tornadoes can maintain contact with the ground and create a path of destruction over a mile wide and several miles long.

Tornadoes are particularly prevalent in the United States, and this map shows areas within the U.S. where strong tornadoes happen most frequently.

While weather conditions that create tornadoes are well defined, actually predicting when and where tornadoes will develop is still unknown.

In instances where your home is still inhabitable after a tornado occurs in your town, be prepared to be without power and utilities for several days to a week.


How To Prepare for a Tornado

Given the seemingly randomness of tornadoes, there is no way to know if one will hit your home or town until minutes beforehand.  Without having notice, it is important to be prepared in advance.

You need a bug-out bag packed and ready!  Do your prep now.


Where & How To Shelter from a Tornado:

  • Shelter in a permanent structure. Ideal places include a basement, safe room, storm cellar or the lowest level of a building.
    • If a more secure area is not available, shelter in an interior closet or hallway.  Put as many walls between yourself and the outside, staying away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
    • Do not take shelter in a trailer or mobile home.
    • In high-rise buildings, move to a stairwell or small interior room on the lowest floor possible.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.  If possible, get under a sturdy table for added protection from falling debris.
  • Wear protective clothing, including long pants and sturdy shoes.

For more information about how to prepare you and your family for a tornado, hurricane or other disaster, click here.