Before: How to Plan
- Conduct tornado drills each year.
- Designate an area in the home as a shelter, and practice having everyone in the family go there in response to a tornado threat. Consider having a mattress or blankets there for extra protection.
- Discuss with family members the difference between “tornado watch” and “tornado warning”.
Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
In case family members are separated from one another during a tornado, have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a “family contact”. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone
in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.
Tornado Danger Signs
- An approaching cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel cloud is not visible.
- Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still.
- Tornadoes generally occur near the edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.
The City of Winter Park operates an Outdoor Tornado Siren Warning System as part of a comprehensive approach towards mass alerting for tornado severe weather events. Activated for a TORNADO WARNING issued for Orange County and directly threatening the Winter Park community. The siren system will provide a three-minute alert and will not include an “all clear” siren tone.