Tornado Preparation

When a tornado touches down, it may already be too late.

Although found most commonly in specific parts of the country ranging from Texas to Nebraska and even Indiana, countless homes are vulnerable to these massive windstorms. And with windspeeds capable of reaching more than 300 miles per hour, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to prepare before it strikes.

wildfire rages through landscape

Before a Tornado

Make a plan

Prepare your emergency kit and make a communication plan. Identify evacuation routes in your area and define a meeting point for your family.

Know the signs

Become familiar with the tell-tale signs of an impending tornado, including the shape, a cloud of debris, or a loud roar.


During a Tornado

Seek shelter

Go to the closest safehouse available. Take cover in the storm cellar or in a small, windowless room in the lowest level of the building.

Keep it locked down

Do not try to open windows to prevent them from breaking; this will only allow another entry point into your home for rain and wind damage. 


After a Tornado

Steer clear of power

Avoid going near fallen power lines and damaged utility lines.

Shoot a text

Phone lines can get congested after a disaster. Stick to texts or social media to communicate.

Get covered

Cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to prevent dust inhalation when handling debris. Wear thick-soled shoes, heavy-duty gloves, and work pants when cleaning up.



Real People. Real Disasters. Real Stories.

No one can truly understand the power of Mother Nature unless they’ve seen it for themselves. These people have. Read on to learn more about their incredible stories, what they’ve learned and what they wished they had known.

At 2 A.M., I Woke Up to See the Bedroom Walls Bowing In

Tornado survivors and disaster preparation experts share real-world insights that may help you prepare for a major twister.

High Winds Can Cause More Havoc Than You Think. Is Your House Ready?

How a special 8-inch nail can help strengthen a roof, and other tips for making sure trees, grills and lawn chairs, and weak shingles don’t turn into instruments of destruction when thunderstorms — or worse — blow through.

It Sounded Like Artillery Shells Hitting the Roof

In less than 20 minutes, a Colorado car dealership's entire inventory was destroyed by golf ball-size hail. Learn more about hailstorm precautions you can take if you live in a hail-prone region.