Graphic image of a tornadoTornados

Tornados are high-speed winds that can cause damage, injury or even death. They often appear as dark clouds and are followed by severe thunderstorms and rain. 


  • Close all windows and doors, secure any loose objects
  • If in a house, go to the basement
  • If in an apartment, go to the smallest room
  • If in a car or outside, if time permits go to the nearest solid shelter.  If not take cover in a low lying area such as a ditch and protect your head.  Beware of flooding and downpours and be prepared to move.


  • Don't go near windows or doors
  • Don't stand near hydro poles or trees
  • Don't go outside
  • Don't touch any electrical appliances

 If you are outdoors:

  • Don't wait until you see the tornado to get inside
  • If you can't get inside, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands
  • Don't go under an overpass or bridge - you're safer in a low, flat area
  • Assume all downed power lines are live and stay back at least 10 m

 If you are in a vehicle or mobile home:

  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.  Mobile homes do not offer much protection from tornadoes.

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