Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. Basements are best; if you don't have one, choose a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. Be sure to take your weather radio into your temporary shelter.

If you are outside, hurry to the basement or a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.

If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety.

Warnings & Watches

A tornado watch means a tornado could form. When a watch is issued, listen to local radio and TV stations for additional information. Be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.

A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted. When a tornado warning is issued, sirens will sound a continual 3-minute blast followed by a 1-minute interval and then another 3-minute blast. Seek shelter immediately when you hear sirens during threatening conditions and if possible, take a portable radio with you. Radio station KSOU 1090 AM or 93.9 FM and KDCR 88.5 FM will keep you informed and advise you when threatening weather has passed.