Tornado Plan

Tornado Plan jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40

Familiarize yourself with the designated Tornado Safe Areas.

A tornado watch announcement indicates that weather conditions are favorable for tornado development. A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. The local (Danville and Charleston) emergency agencies will sound a steady tone when you should “take cover”.  

If indoors:

  • If a tornado watch exists, be prepared to go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level. If a tornado warning exists, go to the basement, a designated shelter, or to an inside hallway at the lowest level. Do not leave the building. Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • Avoid pole buildings or similarly structured buildings.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias or large hallways.
  • Stay away from main corridors/windows. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture, such as a workbench, heavy table or desk, and hold on.

If outdoors:

  • If possible, get inside a building. If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.

If in a vehicle:

  • Never try to out-drive a tornado in a car or truck. Tornados can change direction quickly, and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

Familiarize yourself with the designated Tornado Safe Areas.