What is the difference between a Warning and a Watch?
- Simply means that conditions are favorable for tornados to develop.
- Take precautions to protect yourself. Listen to the radio [KYMN 1080, KDHL 920, WCCO 830].
- Tornadoes most likely occur in late afternoon on a hot spring day.
- Be alert for changes in the weather and be prepared to act quickly.
- Means that a tornado has been sighted. If the warning is near your area, seek shelter immediately.
- Do not take time to close windows or find flashlights. See shelter in the building you are currently in.
- Wait for an all-clear signal before leaving your shelter. Do not assume that the tornado is past because the sirens have stopped sounding.
Planning for a Tornado
- Wherever you are, if you hear or see a tornado coming, take cover right away.
- Get under something sturdy, such as a heavy table, hold on and stay there until the danger has passed and the all-clear has been sounded. Use your arms and hands to protect your head and neck.
- Know where your designated hall shelter area is located. In most areas, this is either the storage room or interior hallway in the center of the building.
- If you’re outside, go immediately to the lowest level of any building on campus. If there is no building nearby, lie flat in a low spot. Use your arms and hands to protect your head and neck.