ST. MARTIN PARISH OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

TORNADOES

Prepare a Home Tornado Plan

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing:

  • First aid kit and essential medications
  • Canned food and can opener
  •  At least three gallons of water per person
  • Protective clothing, bedding, or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members
  •  Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so(Remember, you'll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on)

Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings

  • Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information
  • Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means:
    • A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area
    • A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately
  • Tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by parish  

When a Tornado WATCH Is Issued...

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued...

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above)

After the Tornado Passes...

  •  Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage
  • Do not use candles at any time