Preparing for a Tornado or Thunderstorm

Ideas for Preparing for a Tornado or Thunderstorm

  • Plan ahead. Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do in case of a tornado or thunderstorm warning.
  • Know the safest location for shelter in your home, workplace, and school. Load-bearing walls near the center of the basement or lowest level generally provide the greatest protection.
  • Know the location of designated shelter areas in local public facilities, such as schools, shopping centers and other public buildings.
  • Have emergency supplies on hand, including a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, flashlight, and a supply of fresh batteries, first-aid kit, water and cell phone.
  • Keep a three-day supply of food on hand. Keep some food in your supply kit that doesn't require refrigeration. For more information on food safety following an emergency, visit the CDC website.
  • Make an inventory of household furnishings and other possessions. Supplement it with photographs of each room and keep it in a safe place.
  • Sign up to receive text or e-mail alerts from your local media, weather provider or through an app.