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Kewaunee County Wisconsin
Tornado Safety

If this tornado was approaching, would you know what to do? 

Tornadoes are the most violent atmospheric phenomenon on the planet. Winds of 200-300 mph can occur with the most violent tornadoes.

The following are instructions on what to do when a Tornado Warning has been issued for your area or whenever a tornado threatens:

In Homes or Small Buildings
  • Go to the basement (if available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying debris.
In Schools, Hospitals, Factories, or Shopping Centers
  • Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch down and cover your head. 
In High-Rise Buildings
  • Go to interior small rooms or halls. Stay away from exterior walls or glassy areas.
In Cars or Mobile Homes
  • Find a substantial structure or designated tornado shelter.
If Caught Outdoors
  • Seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building.  
If You Cannot Quickly Walk to Shelter:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.  Now you have the following options as a last resort:
    • Stay in the car with the seat belt on.  Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.