We experience an average of more than 20 tornadoes a year in Indiana, and the best way to protect yourself should one strike your location is to be prepared. Knowing the difference between a watch and warning can help you determine the risks you may face.
Things you should do
- When you find out there is a tornado warning for your location, get inside a building, get away from exterior walls, and go down as far as you can.
- Get a weather radio and ensure it has full batteries in it.
- Take your weather radio with you to where you seek shelter so you can learn when a tornado warning expires.
- If you are in a car and a tornado is near, get out of your car and get inside a building, or lie in a ditch and protect your head with your hands.
Don't do these
- Never wait for a siren to be sure if the danger is real; always head for shelter as soon as you get an alert from the National Weather Service or IU-Notify.
- Don’t rely on just IU-Notify for weather warnings. If you don’t have a weather radio, get an app for phone with tornado alerts.
- Don’t leave your shelter until an all clear has been given.
- Never seek shelter under a bridge; the bridge will act as a funnel and strengthen the winds underneath.
12 milesDistance between IU Southeast and the deadly March, 2, 2012 Henryville tornado
37 Number of tornadoes that struck Indiana in one day, June 7, 1990
22Average number of tornadoes in Indiana annually