TORNADO DANGER SIGNS:
- Dark, greenish sky
- Large hail
- Low‐lying cloud that may be rotating
- Loud roar, like a freight train
- Sudden drop in barometric pressure
- Strong winds >60 mph
- Frequent, intense lightning
TERMS TO KNOW:
- Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in the area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued.
- Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or interior room.
- Best Shelter Areas
- Basements or interior lower levels
- Areas with a short roof span
- Away from glass or other safety hazards
- Use interior hallways at a 90 degree angle to thru hallways that exit to the outside to help reduce wind tunnel effects.
- Harden hallway shelter areas as needed to reduce exposure to flying debris and other hazards.
Do Not Use:
- Areas with large roof spans such as gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, etc.
- Temporary or portable classrooms.
- Hallways that have glass doors at each end that open to the outdoors.
For additional information visit the following resources: Tornado Preparedness Checklists for Schools
Pat Conner, Executive Director
710 James Robertson Parkway
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-3248
Fax: (615) 532-6638