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Tornado Preparedness


  • Dark, greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • Low‐lying cloud that may be rotating
  • Loud roar, like a freight train
  • Sudden drop in barometric pressure
  • Strong winds >60 mph
  • Frequent, intense lightning


  • Tornado Watch:  Tornadoes are possible in the area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued.
  • Tornado Warning:  A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or interior room.


  • Best Shelter Areas
    • Basements or interior lower levels
    • Areas with a short roof span
    • Away from glass or other safety hazards
  • Hallways:
    • Use interior hallways at a 90 degree angle to thru hallways that exit to the outside to help reduce wind tunnel effects.
    • Harden hallway shelter areas as needed to reduce exposure to flying debris and other hazards.

Do Not Use:

  • Areas with large roof spans such as gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, etc.
  • Temporary or portable classrooms.
  • Hallways that have glass doors at each end that open to the outdoors.

For additional information visit the following resources: Tornado Preparedness Checklists for Schools


Contact Information

Pat Conner, Associate Executive Director
710 James Robertson Parkway
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-3248
Fax: (615) 532-6638