Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Tornado - After the Storm

  1. Help injured or trapped persons. DO NOT try to move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  2. Turn on radio or television to get the latest emergency information. Obey all curfews and emergency orders.
  3. Avoid all downed power lines. Assume they are have electricity.
  4. Stay out of damaged buildings. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  5. Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  6. Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, or gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave buildings immediately if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
  7. Take pictures of the damage -- both the house and its contents -- for insurance purposes.
  8. Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
  9. If you must drive, use caution. Stay away from disaster areas. Do not sightsee!