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TORNADOES

American Red Cross of Rhode Island PREPARE A HOME TORNADO PLAN

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.


American Red Cross of Rhode Island ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

Your kit should include:

  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, bedding, or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)

CLICK HERE for more Disaster Supplies Kit information.


American Red Cross of Rhode Island STAY TUNED FOR STORM WARNINGS

  • Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
  • Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means:
    • A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
    • A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
  • Tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by county or parish.


American Red Cross of Rhode Island WHEN A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.


American Red Cross of Rhode Island WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of 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 (as above).


American Red Cross of Rhode Island AFTER THE TORNADO PASSES

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
  • Do not use candles at any time.


American Red Cross of Rhode Island ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE

American Red Cross of Rhode Island can provide additional materials in English and Spanish:

  • "Safe Living in Your Manufactured Home" (ARC 4465) gives fire, flood, and tornado safety information for people who live in manufactured (mobile) homes.
  • "Are You Ready for a Thunderstorm?" (ARC 5009)
  • "Are You Ready for a Flood or Flash Flood?" (ARC 4458)
  • "Your Family Disaster Plan" (ARC 4466)
  • "Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit" (ARC 4463)

Materials for Children:

  • "Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book" (PDF File) (ARC 2200, English, or Spanish) for children ages 3-10.
  • "Adventures of the Disaster Dudes" (ARC 5024) video and Presenter's Guide for use by an adult with children in grades 4-6.
  • "After the Tornado" Coloring Book (ARC 2205, English, or ARC 2205S, Spanish)

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