A tornado is a violent storm with spiraling high speed winds. Tornadoes are usually accompanied by hail, severe thunderstorms and wind. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound like a train far away.
Immediate actions can save your life such as:
Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Protect your head.
In homes and mall buildings, go to the basement or to an interior part of the lowest level-take shelter in closets, bathrooms, or interior halls. Get under something sturdy or lie in the bathtub and cover yourself with a blanket.
Go to the pre-designated shelter areas in:
Interior hallways on the lowest floors are best
In high-rise buildings, go to interior small rooms or hallways on the lowest floor possible with no windows. If you can see outside you are not safe.
In vehicles or mobile homes, leave them and go to a substantial structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert with your hands shielding your head and neck.
A Tornado Watch - means there is a possibility of one or more tornadoes in your area. Continue normal activity but monitor weather conditions closely.
A Tornado Warning - means a tornado has been sighted and may be approaching. Seek shelter immediately!