When a Tornado WATCH Is Issued...
- Listen to local radio
and TV stations for updates.
- Be alert to changing
weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a
When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued...
- If you are inside,
go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your
- If you are outside,
hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
- If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety
After a Tornado
- Continue listening to local radio or television stations for updated information and instructions.
Access may be limited to some parts of the community or roads may be blocked.
- Check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for injured or trapped persons. Taking care of
yourself first will allow you to help others safely until emergency responders arrive.
- Help people who require special assistance—infants, elderly people, those without transportation,
large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.
- Avoid damaged areas. Your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you
at further risk from the residual effects of tornadoes.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Cut/injured feet are the most common injury
following a disaster.
- Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Battery-powered lighting
is the safest and easiest. It protects the user, the building occupants, and the building from fire hazards. DO NOT USE CANDLES.
- Examine walls, floors, doors, staircases, and windows to make sure that the building is not in
danger of collapsing.
- Look for fire hazards. There may be broken or leaking gas lines, or damage to electrical systems.
Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids immediately. Fire is the most frequent hazard
following other disasters.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell, gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get
everyone out quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbour's
home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it is essential that a professional turn the gas back on again, and check the
- Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell
burning insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get
to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
- Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
- Watch for loose plaster, drywall, and ceilings that could fall.
- Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster
situations. They need to be clear for emergency calls to get through.
- Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able
to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy
rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes. The behaviour
of pets may change dramatically after any disruption, becoming aggressive or defensive, so be aware of their well being and
take measures to protect them from hazards, including displaced wild animals, and to ensure the safety of other people and
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