Are you Ready for a Tornado?

Helpful Ideas

1)   Prepare a Home Tornado Plan

Talk to your family and roommates and decide where you will gather if a tornado is headed your way.

2)   Assemble a disaster Supplies Kit

It contains first aid supplies and your essential medications, canned food & Opener, bottled water, protective clothing, sleeping bags, battery-powered radio, flashlights and special items for infants, elderly or disabled members of your household.

3)   Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings

When weather looks threatening, stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for current storm information.

The Safest Places:

In a Mobile Home:  Residents in mobile homes even those with tie downs should seek safe shelter elsewhere at the first sign of severe weather.  While mobile homes are attractive alternatives to traditional style homes, they are also more vulnerable to damage from high winds.  Go to a prearranged shelter, or talk to a friend or relative ahead of time to make arrangements to stay in a safe place in their house if weather turns bad.

At Home:  The safest place to be during a tornado is underground, under something sturdy like a workbench.  If there's no basement or cellar in your home, a small windowless room in the middle of the house like a closet or bathroom is best.  The more walls between you and the outside the better.

In Your Car:  Tornados can toss cars and trucks around like toys.  Never try to outrun a tornado.  If you see a funnel cloud or hear a TORNADO WARNING issued on the radio or by siren, get out of your car and seek shelter immediately.  As a last result, get out of your car, lie in a ditch or other low area and cover you head and neck.

At Work or School:  Be aware of emergency plans already in place.  Move to interior halls and small rooms on the building's lowest level.  The worst Areas:  Gymnasiums, auditoriums, rooms with large windows or doors and hallways exposed to the direction of the tornado.

At the Store, Shopping Mall or Hi-Rise Building:  If you can't get into a basement or designated shelter area, move to the center of the lowest level of the building, away from windows and lie flat on the floor.

When a Tornado Watch is in effect:  Move cars inside a garage.  Move lawn furniture and yard equipment into storage areas.  If you live in a mobile home, go to the home of a friend or relative who agreed to give you shelter.  Keep your radio or TV tuned to weather reports.  Be alert to changes in the weather, that's what a WATCH is all about.

When a Tornado Warning is in effect:  Seek Shelter immediately.  Don't wait until an emergency siren sounds to start grabbing your supplies and thinking about what you should do.  Plan ahead when it comes to tornados.  Take responsibility for your own safety.

After the tornado passes:  Watch out for fallen power lines.  Stay away from areas with a great damage.  Listen to the TV or radio for more information.  Inspect your home for damage.

Storm Shelter Rules

  1. No Pets
  2. No Smoking
  3. Plan to remain in the basement until the all clear signal is given by local TV and weather stations


Local Shelter for mobile home park and city residents

Located in the City Hall basement at 4555 Jackson St.  The shelter will only be open when a tornado WARNING has been issued and Sirens have been activated.