The most powerful tornadoes occur in the United States.
Tornadoes should be taken very seriously. Winds in excess of 200 mph or more are possible and will destroy anything in its path.
In the event of inclement weather, watch television or listen to the radio for details and instructions for your viewing area.
A Tornado Watch indicates that conditions are favorable for a tornado in your area.
A Tornado Warning indicates that a tornado has either been spotted on Doppler radar or is on the ground.
Be sure to prepare a disaster plan before inclement weather begins. Be certain that your family knows where to go in case of severe weather.
Have a supply kit for your home in the event of a severe weather emergency. Your disaster kit should include flashlights, a radio that operates by batteries, bottled water, non perishable food items, a first aid kit and extra clothing.
A basement or the interior room of a home without windows, such as a closet or bathroom, are safe places to go.
If you live in a mobile home, you need to leave. They offer minimal safety during tornadoes.
Immediately following a tornado, make sure that it is safe before you exit the room or building.
Be on the lookout for downed power lines.
Ensure that others around you are safe and unharmed, without putting yourself in harms way.
Inspect your home for damages.