National Preparedness Month: Tornadoes

National Preparedness Month

Tornadoes can appear with little or no warning.
Learn how to act quickly.


Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival. 

Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection. If an underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. 

When shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area.

  • Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
  • Tornado Warning means a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.

More information: Tornado Preparedness


HelpFor questions and information, contact the Office of Emergency Management:

National Preparedness Month 2011

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. NPM is held each September and its goal is to:

  • Increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies
  • Encourage individuals to take action

September 2011 is the eighth annual NPM. The month will focus on important preparedness steps:

The Campaign’s Web sites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide Americans with free emergency preparedness information

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