Tornado Season is Upon Us – Are You Ready?
Although little can be done to protect your home in the event of a tornado, much can be done to protect your family. Here are a few important tips from the Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security and the Plain Township Fire Department:
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the area.
- Every Wednesday at noon, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security tests their tornado warning system to ensure proper operation. Note: These outdoor warning sirens are designed to be heard only outdoors.
- When a warning is in effect for Franklin County, a tornado warning siren will sound for three minutes, then shut off for seven minutes. This sequence will be repeated as long as the tornado remains in the area.
- Keep apprised of the weather by listening to local TV and radio newscasts. If you do not already have a tone-activated, battery back-up radio, consider purchasing one.
- Always avoid windows at all costs, and go directly to a safe place.
INSIDE A HOUSE OR APARTMENT: Take cover in the basement if possible, or under something sturdy. In homes without basements, the safest place is a small room with no windows on the lowest level, like a closet, bathroom or hallway.
DO NOT STAY IN A MOBILE HOME: Instead, take cover at a nearby shelter if time allows, or take cover in a nearby ravine or ditch. Also, do not take cover under the mobile home!
AT SCHOOL: Take cover in an interior hallway on the lowest level. Stay away from auditoriums, gymnasiums, and windows.
AT AN OFFICE BUILDING: Move to the inner-most section on the lowest floor possible. Avoid elevators, windows and glass doorways.
AT A SHOPPING CENTER: Go to a restroom for protection if time allows. Otherwise, take cover and try to get up against something sturdy that will provide protection from falling debris. Stay away from windows, and do not attempt to go to your car.
IN AN OPEN FIELD: Lie flat in the nearest depression (such as a ditch or a ravine), and shield your head from flying debris.
INSIDE A VEHICLE IS THE WORST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO! Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car. Stop the car and get out as soon as possible, and take cover in a nearby ditch or ravine. Do not take cover underneath a vehicle. Lie flat and shield your head from flying debris.