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Tornadoes can strike with little or no warning. It's important to plan ahead so you know what to do when a tornado is sighted.


  • A Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
  • A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately.

Before a tornado:

  • Determine the best place in your home to take shelter during a tornado. Basements or spaces underground are the best spots.
  • If you don't have a basement, find an interior room on the lowest floor of your home.
  • In a high-rise building, choose an interior space on the lowest floor possible.
  • Ensure your family knows what to do in the event of a tornado watch or warning.
Tip: CERT training prepares you to help your family and your community before, during, and after an emergency. Learn more about CERT and other training opportunities here.

When a tornado is spotted:

  • Seek shelter immediately.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • If you are in a vehicle or mobile home, evacuate to a building that provides better protection.
  • If a building is not available, lie flat in a low-lying area (such as a ditch). Do not go under a bridge or underpass.

After a tornado:

  • Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them.
  • Watch your step for broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects.
  • Stay out of heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could still collapse.
  • Do not use matches or lighters incase there is a gas leak.

Alert Montgomery

Remember to listen to the radio and sign up for Alert Montgomery to stay informed and receive further instructions in the event of an emergency.


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