Severe Weather Tips

What to Listen For

Tornado Watch

Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to know when warnings are issued.

Tornado Warning

A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled.

Severe Weather Safety at Home

Develop a plan for you and your family at home and when outdoors. The American Red Cross offers these tips:

  • Identify a safe place to take shelter
  • Have frequent drills
  • Know the county in which you live or visit (The National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings on a county or parish basis.)
  • Keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather bulletins
  • Have a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery back-up to receive warnings