Tornado Preparedness Tips
- Sign up for our Community Emergency Alert Network for alerts, notifications and updates during severe weather, a major crisis or emergency.
- Have a weather radio nearby so you can listen for tornado watches and warnings.
- Pay attention to local media and/or social media such as Twitter.
Watch vs. Warning
A watch means current weather conditions may result in a
tornado. A tornado warning means a tornado has been
Be aware that the majority of tornadoes occur between 3 and 9
p.m. Think of where you would normally be during that time – at
school, at work or in the car. You may only have a few seconds to
react. Decide now where you would go if a tornado warning is
Tornado Warning Safety
Go immediately to the lowest level of your building to an interior room
Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
Stay away from windows and doorways.
Do not stay in a trailer or mobile home. Go immediately to a building
with a strong foundation.
If you're in a car or if shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch
or other low-lying area. Do not get under a bridge or overpass.
- Plan to stay in your shelter location until the danger has passed.
Safety After a Tornado
- After a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings and stay clear of downed power lines. Help injured or trapped people. Check on those who may require special assistance, such as the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
- Ask Fairfax! Online Discussion Transcript
- Tornado Preparedness (American Red Cross)
- Tornado Preparedness (FEMA)
- Tornado Preparedness in Virginia (Virginia Emergency Management)