What to do after a tornado strikes

After the tornado, follow these steps:

  • Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Carefully render aid to those who are injured.
  • Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity.
  • Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails and other sharp objects.
  • Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time.
  • Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby.
  • Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.
  • Source: National Weather Service