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Tornado Safety

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.


Difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning


Preparing for a Tornado


​How to Prepare

What to do During the Tornado

What to do After the Tornado



Coloring Book



Tri-Fold Tornado Safety Brochures







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