What should I do during a tornado watch?

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery October 28, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable  for the development of tornadoes. Remain alert for approaching storms. Listen to your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or local radio/television outlets for the latest information. If you see any revolving funnel shape clouds report them immediately by telephone to your local police department or sheriff’s office. Watch for tornado signs.

When a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service, it is "time to plan." In other words, think of what you would do if a tornado warning was issued. Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Where is the place to go to be as safe as possible? Where are your loved ones -- are they safe? If you are in a mall or other public place, can you locate the storm shelter area?

Check out this video from NOAA NWS


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.