The biggest problem with a tornado is the lack of warning, thus eliminating the pre-storm bug out possibility. Of course, if you have transport, fuel, and a navigable escape route, you could get out of dodge for a few days after the storm, but likely, you will be staying put. Although exact prediction of a tornado is impossible, there are ways to be aware of the possibility. Environment Canada is responsible for Canada's tornado warning system and will issue warnings through radio, television, it's website, and phone lines. An NOAA weather radio should also issue warnings and watches. Here are a few warning signs of possible tornado strikes...
- Severe thunderstorms, with frequent thunder and lightning
- An extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds
- A rumbling sound or a whistling sound.
- A funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud, often behind a curtain of heavy rain or hail.
- Take shelter in a basement or ground floor interior room. Ideally a room with no exterior walls, windows or doors.
- If such a room is not available to you, take cover under a solid object such as a heavy table or desk.
- if you are not at home, always take shelter in an interior room or hallway, on the ground floor, and stay away from windows and doors.
- When outdoors, your main concern is flying debris. Keep low to the ground or hide out in a ditch. Cover your head and be aware of possible flash flooding. Do not stay in your car or chase the storm if you actually see a tornado, rather, take cover as soon as possible. Try to look for solid structures to take cover in.