The average tornado moves from southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known
to move in any direction. Tornadoes can occur throughout the year, however, the peak
season in Ohio is April thru June. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3:30PM and
9:30PM, but have been known to occur at any hour – day or night.
Tornado Safety Tips:
Tornadoes can occur without warning, giving you very little time to act. It is important to know
the basics of tornado safety so that you can survive, should a tornado strike.
- Tune in to one of the following for weather information: local radio or television,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, Ohio News
Network or the Weather Channel.
- Don’t wait until the warning alarms sound to begin planning how to respond. Take
responsibility for your safety and plan now.
- Have a plan. Meet with household members to discuss how to respond to a tornado
warning. Hold tornado drills. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the
- When a tornado watch is issued, review your plan. Don’t wait for a warning to be
- The safest place to be during a tornado is underground. If you have no basement or
cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) in the middle of the building on the
lowest floor possible. Once there, try to find something sturdy you can crawl under.
Getting underneath a work bench or heavy table will protect you from flying debris
and/or a collapsed roof.
- Be aware of emergency shelter plans in buildings and schools where you and your
family spend time. If a specific shelter does not exist, move to the building’s lowest
level. Try to avoid areas with large glass windows, large round rooms and wide, free-
- Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to damage from high winds. Residents –
even those who live in mobile homes with tie-downs – should seek safe shelter when
a tornado threatens. Go to a prearranged shelter when the weather turns bad. If you
live in a mobile home park, talk to management about the availability of a nearby
shelter. If no shelter is available, go outside and lie down in a ditch or depression.
Cover your neck and head with your hands and wait for the storm to pass. While
waiting, be alert for the flash floods that may accompany tornadoes.
- Never try to outrun a tornado. A tornado can toss cars and even large trucks around
like toys. If you see a funnel cloud or hear a tornado warning issued on the radio or
by siren, get out of your vehicle and find safe shelter. If no shelter is around, lie down
in a low area using your hands to cover the back of your head and neck.
- Be sure to stay alert for flooding.