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Where to go when a tornado warning is issued

It is essential that you have a severe weather plan in place, no matter where you are, in the event that severe weather strikes. Here are some examples of where you could go, in any situation:

When in your home:

  • Get to the lowest level
    • No basement?
      • Get to the most interior part of your home. You want as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • Stay away from all windows and doors
  • Be sure that you have shoes on and use blankets, helmets, mattresses to shield yourself from flying debris

Safe places in your home:

  • Basement
  • Under the stairs
  • Bathrooms that do not have an exterior wall
  • Interior closets
  • Interior hallways

Public (restaurants, stores, businesses):

  • Most public places will have a plan in place, but it is essential that you have an idea of what to do and where to go
  • Get to the lowest level
  • Seek a backroom or somewhere that has more barriers from the outside
  • Get down and cover your head 

Typical safe places:

  • Coolers
  • Stock rooms
  • Back offices


  • Get to the lowest level
  • Seek shelter in windowless hallways
  • Get to an interior bathroom
  • Get down and cover your head
    • This can be with your hands or textbooks

Safe places in schools:

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Hallways with no windows

On the road or outside:

  • Stay tuned to a local radio station or NOAA radio for the latest information

Safe places while on the road:

  • Ideally, you want to find the nearest building
    • This can include gas stations, restaurants, stores, rest stops, etc.
      • See the public section to see what to do upon your arrival
  • If there are no public places around, seek a low lying area or ditch
    • Try to get as low as possible
    • Lie flat and protect your head
    • This is a last resort option!

–Weather Forecaster Hope Kleitsch

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