National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
ND Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week: April 24 through April 28, 2023
  Severe Thunderstorms  
Tornado Drill
   Flash Flooding


Tornado Safety Tips
  • If in a building, go to the basement if one is available. Get under the stairs or a piece of sturdy furniture. If there is no basement, get to the centermost room on the lowest level, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Protect your head, neck and spine.
  • Stay away from windows! Avoid seeking shelter in gymnasiums or large auditoriums.
  • If in a mobile home, seek a storm shelter or a nearby permanent building. Have a plan! 40% of tornado deaths occur in mobile homes.
  • If you are outside and cannot get inside a sturdy structure, lay down in a ditch or low lying area (beware of possible flooding).
  • When driving, if a tornado is spotted in the distance, stay calm and drive away from it. However, in heavy traffic, never try to outrun a tornado. Seek shelter in a sturdy building. If no building is available, lay down in a ditch or low lying area.