Tornado Facts & Myths

  • Myth: The best place to be during a tornado is ion the southwest corner of a building

    Fact: The southwest corner is no safer than any other part of the building. The safest place to be is in a basement under something sturdy, like a workbench. If there is no basement, seek shelter in a small interior room in the middle of the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from outside walls and windows.
  • Myth: You can outrun a tornado in car

    Fact: Don’t bet your life on it. A tornado is unpredictable; you can’t know which way it’s going to go, or how fast. If you’re in a car and a tornado is near, get away from the car and lie in a ditch or low area, protecting your head with your hands.
  • Myth: Tornado sirens will warn you if you are inside a house of building.

    Fact: Tornado sirens are meant to be an outdoor warning system. You may be able to hear them indoors, but don’t always count on it. Pay attention to local radio, television, and/or NOAA weather radio for information.
  • Myth: Mobile homes are safe if they are tied down.

    Fact: A mobile home is never safe in a violent windstorm such as a tornado. If you’re in a mobile home when a tornado "watch" is announced, leave and go immediately to a safe structure. Be prepared to take cover in a low area, covering your head and the back of your neck.
  • Myth: You should open a the windows to prevent or reduce structural damage.

    Fact: This will only expose you to additional danger from glass and other flying debris.