Department of Public Safety

Tornado Safety Rules

A TORNADO WATCH means a tornado could potentially develop and a TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has actually been sighted.

 TO REPORT A TORNADO:

Call Public Safety at 911.

 SEEK SHELTER/SAFETY IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Basement, underground excavation, and lower floor of interior hallway or corridor.
  • If no basement is available, seek shelter under a sturdy workbench or heavy furniture (table or desk).
  • In open country, move away from the tornado path at a right angle.
  • If there is no time to escape, lie flat in the nearest depression (ditch or ravine).

 AVOID THE FOLLOWING:

  • Top floors of buildings.
  • Areas with glass windows or doors.
  • Auditoriums, gymnasiums, cafeterias or other areas with large, free span roofs.
  • Automobiles.

 DURING A TORNADO, KEEP THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WITH YOU:

  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Portable or Cellular Telephone

LISTEN FOR:

Radio reports and the University of Michigan-Dearborn or City of Dearborn siren.