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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Tornado Safety

A picture of a tornado from the National Weather Service website.

Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

A public shelter is available in Louisburg in the basement of the fire station located at 205 S. Metcalf. In the event the tornado sirens sound, persons should park behind the building and enter the station through the southeast door. Cats and dogs are welcome as long as they are confined to a kennel during the entire stay. If taking shelter at the station, you are encouraged to bring your medications and a blanket or pillow. Accommodations are basic. A lift is available for persons that are unable to use the stairs. If a tornado were to hit Louisburg, be prepared to shelter at the station for several hours or more. You may want to consider bringing bottled water, protein snacks, etc. If bringing Fido, bring water dishes and food for your pet. 

If caught in a tornado, follow these steps. Be sure you teach your kiddos what to do if a tornado hits and they are home alone.

  • Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.
  • At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don’t forget pets if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
  • Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. Neither is a mobile home or tent. If you have time, get to a safe building.
  • In a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.

Learn more at the National Weather Service. Read Tornado Survivor stories at the link on the right side of the page.

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