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Tornado Watch vs Warning

April 15, 2015

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

Lately, there have been a number of tornadoes in the Midwestern states. Whether you grew up in these areas, are new to a local tornado occurrence, or have loved ones living in tornado prone states, it’s important to know the terminology affiliated with severe weather alerts. During a tornado, you will see and hear alerts on your TVs, radios or cell phones. Continue reading to learn each of these warnings and what you should do in the event of a tornado.

Tornado Watch

A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in or near your area, and can span several counties to several states. Remain alert for an approaching storm within the next few hours.

  • Observe the sky for large, dark, low lying clouds or a greenish hue.
  • Listen to the radio or television for updated information.
  • Be prepared to find shelter.
  • Prepare and gather supplies for your emergency kit (clothes, food, water, first aid, etc.)

Tornado Warning

A tornado warning is issued when a locally centered tornado has actually been sighted or detected on the ground by weather radar. If you hear of a local tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.

If you are in the office complex, head to the storm cellar, basement or lowest possible level and get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold onto it tightly. Avoid elevators, open spaces, windows and buildings with long-span roofs.

Take with you an NOAA radio or any other battery-operated radio or television that can keep you up to date on the storm, as well as your emergency kit with survival supplies you and your staff may need.

Tornado Emergency

A tornado emergency is an intensified tornado warning. It is issued when a large, powerful storm is present in a populated region that may cause significant damage with possible fatalities. Like a tornado warning, run for shelter during a tornado emergency.

Remember that DKI is here to help! If you or someone you know experiences damage to your property, call us at (888) 735-0800. DKI is available 24/7/365.

Find out more information about tornadoes from these sources:

NOAA

FEMA