Preparing your home for a Tornado
Pick a safe place such as a basement, center hallway, bathroom, or closet where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way.
Assemble a disaster supply kit containing the following:
First aid kit and essential medications.
Canned food and can opener.
At least three gallons of water per person
Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags
Batter powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
Written instruction on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so.
Stay tuned for Storm warnings:
Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information
NOOA Weather radio
KARN 102.9 FM
The Buzz 103.7 FM
KATV Channel 7
KTHV Channel 11
KARK Channel 4
FOX Channel 16
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING
A TORNADO WATCH means weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. During a TORNADO WATCH listen to a local television station or radio station (see above) and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen. Be alert to changing weather conditions, blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado that some say sounds like a freight train. If you are inside got to one of the safe places mentioned above. If you are outside go to a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low lying area. If you are in a car or mobile home get out immediately and head for safety (as above).
A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado or funnel cloud is sighted or indicated on radar. Take cover immediately! Listen to a local station for more information.
AFTER THE TORNADO PASSES
Watch for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area. Listen to the radio for instructions, Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage. Do not use candles at any time because of possible gas leaks.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.