|Public Information Statement|
... Safety rules for tornadoes...
A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service
for all of the quad state area with the exception of the southern
Kentucky pennyrile area. This watch is in effect until 5 am
Tuesday morning. The following safety tips are being provided in
hope that the broadcast media will frequently broadcast these
messages while the watch affects their area.
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development
of severe thunderstorms which can produce tornadoes in and close
to the watch area. If you are in the watch area... keep informed
of the latest weather information. These storms can develop
rapidly so there may be occasions when advance warning is not
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or indicated by
radar. If you are in the path or near the tornado... take
immediate action to protect life and property. Follow these
In open country... find a ditch... culvert or other low area and
lay down flat. Cover your head with your hands for protection.
In homes or small buildings... go to the basement or a small
interior room on the lowest floor like a Hall or bathroom closet.
Use heavy furniture for shelter or cover yourself with a mattress
In Mobile homes or vehicles... abandon it and go to a substantial
structure or place of safety. Never try to outrun a tornado in a
In schools... hospitals... factories or shopping centers... go to
designated shelter areas. Interior Halls on the lowest levels are
usually the best. Stay away from gymnasiums or auditoriums. Avoid
all outside walls and windows.
The key to tornado survival is to be prepared and take immediate
action when a warning is issued or when you feel threatened.
Remember... the actions you take during a tornado event may save
your life and the lives of those you are responsible for.