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Tips on Tornadoes: Before, During, and After

Photo by Selena Hardy

By: Johnicia Haynes

If an effort to protect families and communities in our area from the threat that severe weather brings, we've put together some easy to follow tips to help you be ready before, during, and after a tornado.

BEFORE: Please be mindful to listen for any issued tornado watches or warnings in your area. *Tornado WATCH means there is a possibility, but a WARNING means a tornado is happening!

  • Practice tornado drills with your family.

  • Learn CPR and gather first aid supplies.

  • Also, gather non-perishable food, water, and medicine.

  • Make sure you also have back-up phones and chargers.


  • Gather your family and pets in a safe place (basements, storm cellars, etc.).

  • Go to the lowest floor you can, as quickly as you can.

  • If you live in a building with many floors, go to the hallway.

  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. Go to a sturdy building.

  • If you are in a vehicle, stay inside, with the engine running and lower yourself below the windows.


  • Check in with immediate family and friends!

  • If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or trauma as a result of a tornado or other natural disaster, please call or text the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990.

  • REMEMBER: You are NOT alone! The Red Cross is here to help!

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