AT HOME:

  • Go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest level of the building.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture.

AT WORK OR SCHOOL:

  • Follow the directions of your teachers and administrators.
  • Go to a pre-designated shelter area.
  • Stay away from auditoriums and gymnasiums, as well as windows.

IN MOBILE HOMES:

  • Seek shelter in a more substantial structure.
  • If none is available, lie low in a ditch or other low-lying area.

IN SHOPPING MALLS:

  • Take cover away from any open mall area with windows and away from all windows.
  • Get under something sturdy.

    Do not try to escape in your car!!!!

IF OUTDOORS OR IN AUTOMOBILES:

  • Seek indoor shelter. If none is available, lie low in a nearby ditch, protecting your head.

TAKE WITH YOU:

  • At home, take a portable AM/FM radio, amateur radio, or scanner with you to your shelter area for updated information on the storm and to learn when it is "all clear."
  • Also take a flashlight.
  • Have periodic drills and pre-select your "safe place" before the warning is issued.

BEFORE THE WARNING:

  • Take heed when weather watches are issued and when local radio, television, or weather radio broadcasters alert you to the possibility of severe weather.
  • Along with local National Weather Service broadcasts on 162.550 Mhz., the St. Louis County Police rebroadcasts severe weather information for St. Louis County on 155.865 Mhz. and 154.725 Mhz.
  • This system is tested on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM.
  • Tone activated receivers may be set to receive these broadcasts by decoding sequential tones of 1433.4 and 903.2Hz.

SAFETY AREAS:

It's a good idea to locate a safe area in your home before a tornado warning is issued; then all family members will know where to go in an emergency, without delay.

BUY A WEATHER ALERT RADIO

An excellent investment is a tone-activated weather alert radio.  These small units, often with battery backup power, will alert you, much a like a pager, of local severe weather conditions. These radios are activated directly from the National Weather Service office, providing the most accurate and timely severe weather information available. These radios are available at most consumer electronic outlets and are generally priced at less than fifty dollars.