Severe Weather

  1. After a Storm or Tornado

    Emergency responders prioritize by: life safety first, then scene stabilization (dealing with immediate hazards), and finally property conservation (actions to prevent further damage). Keeping those priorities in mind can help identify what must be done now and what can or should come later.

  2. Before a Storm or Tornado

    Improvements in technology for severe weather monitoring and public warning have steadily increased the average advance warning time for the onset of hazardous weather.

  3. During a Storm or Tornado

    Learn about what to do during a storm or tornado from watches to warning, and where to seek shelter.

  4. Thunderstorm

    On average, there are 100,000 thunderstorms in the United States annually. Approximately 10% of those are rated severe.

  5. Tornado

    Tornadoes are an incredible weather phenomenon. Defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground, their wind speeds have exceeded 300 miles per hour (mph).