Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. While they can spawn anywhere, tornados are most common in the Midwest and Southeast. In 2018, Missouri recorded 47 tornados. For this reason, residents should review tornado safety tips annually, have an emergency supply kit and a family communications plan in place.
Build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan. A basic emergency supply kit should include the following items:
Sign up for notifications from Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms and be prepared to take shelter immediately if you see the following:
Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to EAS/NOAA Weather Radio or local radio/television for information.
Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
More resources can be found at www.ready.gov/tornadoes. This site provides additional tips on building an emergency supply kit, taking proper shelter, conducting tornado drills, preparing a tornado safety plan for a business and what to do in the aftermath of a tornado.
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