With a tornado watch in effect until 5 p.m. for our area, the Red Cross is reminding people how to prepare for and keep their family safe if a tornado was to hit.
The Red Cross lists the following ways to prepare for a tornado:
-During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
-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.
-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
The Red Cross lists the following practices what to do DURING a tornado:
-The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative. Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
-If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building.
-If in your car: Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
The difference between a WATCH and a WARNING:
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
For more information visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado