Weather Safety Tips

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  1. Tornadoes
  2. Thunderstorms & Lightning
  3. Flood
  4. Extreme Heat
  5. Winter Storm - Ice

Tornadoes are one of nature's most violent storms and can occur in West Texas. They strike quickly with little or no warning. During violent storms, remain tuned to the local TV and radio stations for updates.

The National Weather Service encourages radio and TV stations to use the following terms to communicate storm conditions:

  • During a Tornado Watch, tornadoes are possible. Watch the sky, and stay tuned to broadcasts for information.
  • Under a Tornado Warning, a tornado funnel has been reported or indicated by weather radar. When a tornado warning is issued, get your family to a safe location immediately.

If a tornado warning is issued or a funnel is spotted:

  • Go to a basement or an interior hallway on the ground floor, or a small inner room such as bathroom or closet.
  • Stay away for the windows and outside walls of the building.
  • Avoid spaces with wide-span roofs such as family great rooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • If in a mobile home, get out and seek shelter elsewhere.