7 March 2019

Submitted by: Knox PAO

How to Prepare for a Tornado:

1. Stay informed and know tornado terminology:

* Tornado watch-Weather conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for more information and further instructions.

* Tornado warning-A tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately.

2. Identify a place in your home to take shelter in case of a tornado:

* A storm shelter or basement provides the best protection.

* Otherwise, choose an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

* Have frequent tornado drills

* If planning a trip outdoors, listen to the latest forecasts and take necessary action if threatening weather is possible.

3. Get an emergency supply kit, and make a family emergency plan.

Who's Most at Risk:

* People in automobiles.

* The elderly, very young and the physically or mentally impaired.

* People in mobile homes.

* People who may not understand the warning due to a language barrier.

What to Do If There Is a Tornado:

* Take shelter immediately in the designated room.

* If you are outside, find shelter immediately or, if shelter is unavailable, lie flat in a ditch or low- lying area.

* If you are in a car, stop immediately and find shelter. Do NOT try to drive through a tornado.

* Stay tuned to radio or TV for information and instructions as they become available.

What to Do After a Tornado:

* Stay in shelter until the tornado has passed.

* Once you are in a safe place, report to your command if you are military or government civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.

* Stay clear of downed power lines.

* Stay out of damaged areas.

* Stay tuned to radio or TV for further information or instructions.

* Inspect your home for damage, but be careful of unseen damage.

Where to Find Additional Information

* Federal Emergency Management Agency https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/

* American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/tornado

* Ready Army www.ready.army.mil