Outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat
and face-down on low ground, preferably in a ditch or coulee, protecting the back of your
head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can as they may be blown
onto you in a tornado or from high winds.
Indoors: Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet),
under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible
to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands or something soft like a
Vehicle: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If possible, get out of
the car as quickly as possible and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country,
run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down,
protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which
can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
Tornado near Bridger, MT - June 1991.
Hail Safety Information
Baseball size hail in Roundup, June 24, 2007.
Outdoors: Seek shelter immediately. If you cannot find something to protect
your entire body, at least find something to protect your head.
Indoors: Stay inside until the hail stops. Large hail can cause serious or even
fatal injuries. Stay away from windows, especially those being struck by hail.
Vehicle: Stop driving. If you can see a safe place close-by to drive to
(like inside a garage, under a highway overpass, or under a service station awning), do
so as soon as you can. Do NOT leave the vehicle until it stops hailing. Stay away from
car windows. Cover your eyes with something (like a piece of clothing). If possible,
get onto the floor face down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows.
Flash Flood Safety Information
Flash floods are the #1 severe weather killer in the United States.
Outdoors: Get to higher ground as quickly as possible. Leave places likely to
flood (e.g., canyons, ditches, dry stream beds) as quickly as possible.
Do NOT try to cross flood water, it is flowing more quickly than you think.
Vehicle: Turn around and drive away from the flood area. DO NOT try to drive
through the flooding area. Roads under the water could be washed out. A car that
stalls in just two feet of water can be washed away. If your car stalls, exit the car
immediately and get to higher ground.