When a storm threatens:
- Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations as civil defence authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation
- Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry
- Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds
- Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass
- If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house
- Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water
- Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary
- Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges
- If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored
- Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
Tornadoes can occur during thunderstorms. Warning signs include a long, continuous roar or rumble or a fast approaching cloud of debris which can sometimes be funnel shaped.
If you see signs of a tornadao:
- Alert others if you can
- Take shelter immediately. A basement offers the greatest safety. If underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room without windows on the lowest floor
- Get under sturdy furniture and cover yourself with a mattress or blanket
- If caught outside, get away from trees if you can. Lie down flat in a nearby gully, ditch or low spot and protect your head
- If in a car, get out immediately and look for a safe place to shelter. Do not try to outrun a tornado or get under the vehicle for shelter.