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After a Tornado

Once the tornado has ceased, danger and injuries are still possibilities.  It is extremely important to keep the following in mind:

  • Check for injured people.  If possible, call for help.
  • Do not attempt to move seriously injured people, unless there is immediate danger or further injury.
  • If you most move them, first stabilize the neck and back.
  • Maintain body temperature with blankets.
  • Do not use candles, matches or open flames indoors due to possible gas leaks; use a flashlight instead.
  • Check your home for structural damage; this should be done from a distance.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, if possible.
  • If you smell gas or hear a hissing or blowing sound, open a window and leave the premises.
  • If you can, shut the main gas valve outside.  Report leaks to the gas company.
  • Visually inspect the utility lines and appliances for damage.  If there is electrical damage, switch off all electrical power.
  • If water or sewer pipes are damaged, shut off the water supply.
  • Stay off the streets.  If you must leave, watch for hazards created by the tornado such as fallen objects, downed electrical wires, weakened bridges, roads and sidewalks.