Make a plan with your people.

Emergency planning can feel overwhelming. We’ve broken it down into simple steps and provided tools that will make it feel do-able. The same connections that are important in everyday life—with friends, family, neighbors, and communities—are even more crucial in a crisis.

Set up your meet up.

First, make an emergency plan with your inner circle of friends, relatives, or immediate family. That way, you will each know what to do in an emergency.

What basics does your plan need to include?

  • Select a few of your nearest and dearest. Who’s the group you’ll want to get in touch with if something happens?
  • Pick an out of state contact. Who can serve as a hub for information, if you can’t reach others in your local area?
  • Agree on a place to meet. How about a park? A landmark? Don’t choose a house—in case it’s inaccessible.

Learn tips.

Read and print our Torndao Guide to learn a few easy steps to stay safe.

  1. Get Prepared

    Gather and organize supplies (essentials, useful, and personal items) and make a family communications plan for what to do in a tornado. Identify a pre-designated place you will go during a tornado.

  2. Monitor changing weather

    Weather can change fast. Make checking the forecast part of your daily routine and continue to monitor as necessary by monitoring local media or using various mobile apps. Pro tip; follow @nwskansascity on twitter

  3. Watch/Warning

    A tornado WATCH means that conditions a favorable for development of storms that are capable of producing a tornado. A Tornado WARNING means that a tornado has been spotted or could occur on short notice.Watches may precede either of these, and are issued when impacts are still 12 to 48 hours out.

  1. Seek shelter immediately

    Quickly move to a pre-designated storm shelter, basement, or lowest floor/most interior room of your building. The safest place to be is underground.

  2. If you’re caught outside/in the car

    If you can, attempt to drive away from the tornado. If driving away is not an option, park off the road with your seat belt on and cover your head or go to a low laying area and lay flat.

  3. Continue to monitor situation

    Just because the tornado sirens aren’t going off doesn’t mean it’s safe to leave your shelter. Wait to hear that the warning has been cleared first by monitoring a trusted local source.

  1. Protect yourself

    Wear sturdy shoes or boots and look out for broken glass and exposed nails. Steer clear of downed power lines.

  2. Connect with close contact

    Connect with your pre-designated contact to let them know that you’re okay. This maybe especially vital if you are separated from someone. Communicating this over social media may be a great choice to let many people know, quickly.

  3. Assist others in need

    If you are able, check in on neighbors and family members and assist as necessary based on your comfort level.