If your area is under a tornado warning, that means a tornado has been sighted or one has been located on weather radar. Take shelter:
- At home, go to a room in the middle of your first floor that doesn’t have exterior walls. This is usually a bathroom, hallway, or closet. If you have a tornado shelter or basement, use it. If you live in a mobile home or trailer, seek shelter with a neighbor, friend, relative, or business that you can get to quickly.
- In the car, take shelter in the nearest business. Do not try to outrun a tornado. Also, avoid highway overpasses and bridges. They can collapse on you.
- At work, the mall, or other businesses, get away from windows and exterior doors and go to the lowest level of the building. Get under a heavy table or workbench if you can, or cover your head with your hands.
- If you can’t find shelter, lay down in a low-lying area like a culvert, ditch, gully, or ravine away from trees. Cover your head and neck with your hands or an object like a book, laptop, bike helmet, or pillow for protection.¹
- If you’re bed-bound or unable to take shelter, cover your body the best you can with blankets and pillows to protect yourself from flying debris. Make sure to cover your head well.