MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tornado producing thunderstorms can develop quickly, meaning people have to react quickly. It's important to be prepared.
What to do before a tornado:
- It's always a good idea to have an NOAA weather radio in case power goes out and phones die. If you do not have one, click HERE to download the ABC24 app.
- Charge up your phone and any portable chargers you have.
- Have your plan on where to go for safety ready.
Tornado watch vs. tornado warning:
It's important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- During a watch, think "be prepared". Tornadoes are possible and near your area.
- During a warning, think "take action." A tornado has been spotted, indicating imminent danger.
If there's a tornado:
- If you're in a house, go to the basement if there is one. Otherwise, get to the smallest room in the center of the home like a closet or bathroom.
- Stay away from all windows.
- Cover your head if possible by wearing a helmet or putting a mattress on top of you.
- If you're in an apartment building, get to the lowest floor possible or seek shelter in interior stairwells. The next safest place is away from windows in an interior room like a closet, bathroom, or hallway.
What happens if there's a tornado and you're driving?
- Try and avoid being outside in the first place; otherwise, try to seek shelter in a building if nearby.
- If caught in high winds, debris is a concern. Park the car out of traffic, get in a ditch and cover your head.
- Do not park underneath a bridge. Debris could fly under the bridge and injure you.