Severe Weather Preparedness

If you are in a Tornado or Severe Weather Watch area, here are three quick tips to keep in mind:
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be Alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
For more information on what to do before, during, and after tornadoes and severe thunder storms, check out's Natural Disaster information page.

To learn more on how you can be better prepared for the next disaster and join discussions with others on what they are doing to prepare, sign up to join the National Preparedness Coalition. Being prepared is being ready not just for this storm, but the one after it.

To view live predicted storm paths, check out the National Storm Prediction Center.