What's a kid to do?
There's lots you can do to help keep your family safe.
Know your risk. Research tornadoes on this page and at the library.
Know where to go! When a tornado WARNING is issued, go quickly to a windowless, interior room such as a bathroom, storm cellar, basement or lowest level of the building.
Make a list of items to bring inside if a tornado watch is issued. Don't forget your pet.
Keep your yard tidy. Help your parents trim diseased or damaged limbs from trees and shrubs and remove debris from your yard – these things can cause damage in a tornado's high winds.
Have a plan. Talk to your family members about having a plan if your home is damaged by a tornado. Have an out-of-town family contact in case you must relocate after a disaster.
Don't lose your roof to high winds! Have your parents install strapping to keep the roof attached to the walls.
What is a tornado? Tornadoes are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds that come from powerful thunderstorms. They cause damage when they touch down on the ground. Severe weather can be very scary and tornadoes are one of nature's most violent storms. (Info from FEMA Kids tornado page)