April is Tornado Awareness Month

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Spring is here bringing a season change that will create warmer weather for us along with a potential for tornadoes. Tornadoes mostly occur from March through September. It is important to have a plan on what to do and where to go as well as know the difference between a tornado watch versus a warning.

  • Tornado watch indicates the weather is favorable for tornado formations.
  • Tornado warning indicates a tornado has been spotted and/or detected on a radar.

A plan to implement before a tornado watch or warning occurs:

  • Identify a safe place to go at your home, work and school.
  • Practice tornado drills at school and home.
  • Have a plan for how to contact family members during the emergency.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit.

Examples of a disaster supply kit:

  • First aid kit
  • Essential medication
  • Canned food, can opener and water
  • Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries

What to do if a tornado is in your area:

  • At your house – move to a basement or storm shelter. If these are not available, go to the lowest level of your home and into a bathroom or interior hallway.
  • In vehicle – get out of your vehicle and find shelter. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If at school – Follow the institution’s emergency plan (interior hallways/lowest level possible).

After the tornado:

  • Listen to the radio for news and weather updates.
  • Stay away from power lines and broken glass.
  • Stay out of any damaged building and only come out of your shelter if you have an “all clear” signal.

References:  http://www.webstergroves.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/295


Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided.  Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.