TORNADO Prep Checklist

 During any storm, listen to local news or radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.

 Know your community's warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.
 Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

 Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.

 Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA Web site at

 Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

 Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs:
  • Dark, often greenish clouds -- a phenomenon caused by hail
  • Wall cloud -- an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud -- a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise
-- American Red Cross