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Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Posted on: April 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Day Four - Severe Weather Awareness Week

NOAA Weather Radio

On average, 1200 tornadoes occur across the United States yearly. 

Tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states and in every month of the year.

Tornado Warning:  Means TAKE ACTION! A Tornado IS Expected.

  • Take shelter indoors immediately.
  • If driving, find the nearest shelter.
  • Check forecast updates.

Tornado Watch:  Means BE PREPARED. A Tornado IS Possible.

  • Plan where to take shelter if needed.
  • Have a way to get tornado warnings and updates.
  • Stay weather-ready.

Check out the videos below for information about what to do before, during, and after a tornado strikes.

Also, today is tornado drill day, so it's a great time to test out your plans. Don't have a plan? Get one here.

Here is the time table for the drills:

1:00 p.m. NWS issues a simulated tornado watch

1:45 p.m. NWS issues a simulated tornado warning

2:00 p.m. NWS issues an “End of Test” message

6:45 p.m. NWS issues 2nd simulated tornado warning

7:00 p.m. NWS issues 2nd “End of Test” message

Getting Weather Ready: Before a Tornado (Video)

Getting Weather Ready: During a Tornado (Video)

Getting Weather Ready: After a Tornado (Video)

Severe Weather Sheltering Guide. . .
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