Severe Weather Safety


  • In homes or small buildings: Go to the basement or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or a bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying debris.
  • In schools, hospitals, factories, or shopping centers: Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass in enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch down and cover your head.
  • In high-rise buildings: Go to the interior small rooms or halls. Stay away from exterior walls or glassy areas.
  • In cars or mobile homes: Abandon them immediately! Go to a substantial structure or designated tornado shelter.
  • If no suitable structure is nearby: Lie flat in the nearest ditch or depression and use your hand to cover your head.


  • When inside: Avoid using the telephone (except for emergencies) or other electrical appliances. Do not take a bath or shower.
  • If caught outdoors: Go to a safe shelter immediately such as a sturdy building or a hard-top automobile with the windows up.
  • If you are boating or swimming: Get out of the water immediately and move to a safe shelter away from the water.
  • If you are in a wooded area: Seek shelter under a thick growth of relatively small trees.
  • If you feel your hair standing on end: Squat with your head between your knees. Do not lie flat!
  • Avoid: Isolated trees or other tall objects, bodies of water, sheds, fences, convertible automobiles, tractors, and motorcycles