Know how to protect yourself
If the weather service issues a tornado watch, it means that a tornado is possible in the area, and you should make preparations. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and you should immediately take shelter.
Know what to do when a tornado is approaching.
If you are inside:
- Stay inside, close windows, and go to a designated, shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level.
- If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (for example, a closet or hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
- Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
- Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- If you are in a mobile home, get out immediately and go to a near by building.
If you are caught outside:
- Get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
- If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on, put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or cushion if possible.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway (for example, a trench, ditch or ravine), leave your car and lie in the area, covering your head with your hands.
- Don’t seek shelter under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
April is the start of tornado season for Michigan, the peak time is mid-June. Service Specialties II, Inc. hopes that none of you have to deal with a tornado, however we want you to be prepared just in case.