Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Safety Tips for a Tornadic Event

April 15, 2019

Spring brings forth beautiful flowers, pollen, strong storms and even tornadoes. Tornadoes are violent: they can completely destroy well-made structures, uproot trees and hurl objects through the air like deadly missiles. Although severe tornadoes are most common in the Plains States, they can happen anywhere including Georgia. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services offers these tips to keep your loved ones safe.

Top Tips

· Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

· In a high-rise building, pick a hallway in the center of the building. You may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.

· In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home, however it is configured, is safe in a tornado.

Know the difference!

A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible.

A tornado WARNING means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.

 

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Trees hit the roof of a Cherokee County home in 2010.
Trees hit the roof of a Cherokee County home in 2010. (click image for slideshow)
Residents begin to clean up the debris after a tornado struct a Cherokee County subdivision.
Residents begin to clean up the debris after a tornado struct a Cherokee County subdivision.
A tornado in Cherokee County in 2010 causes trees to fall.
A tornado in Cherokee County in 2010 causes trees to fall.
Power poles broke during a tornadic event in Cherokee County in 2009.
Power poles broke during a tornadic event in Cherokee County in 2009.