Weather Blog: Severe Weather Awareness Week Tornado Safety

With the spring season upon us, this means the chances for tornadoes increase in our area. Now is the time to start preparing for the worst case scenario, just in case a tornado is barreling down on you.

Posted: Mar 15, 2021 5:00 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - With the spring season upon us, this means the chances for tornadoes increase in our area. Now is the time to start preparing for the worst case scenario, just in case a tornado is barreling down on you.

One of the most important tools you can use to keep you safe is knowledge! Knowing when and where to take shelter can be critical in keeping yourself safe.

To start, know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

A tornado WATCH means the ingredients in the atmosphere to help tornadoes form are there, or are expected to be there, and you should start thinking about your plan. A tornado WARNING means things are, or are believed to be, happening NOW and you need to put your plan into action. The final, less common notification in NE Indiana and NW Ohio, is a tornado EMERGENCY. This is when there is a severe threat to life and catostrophic damage happening, or likely, with a tornado.

If you live in a one-story house, your safe-space is likely a bathroom, an interior closet, or the hallway. If you live in a two-story house with no basement, your safe places are the same as a one-story and also under the stairs.

If you have a basement, the best thing you can do is seek shelter in your basement. Being underground during a tornado is the safest place to be.

If you're caught outside, try to find a sturdy structure to seek shelter. If none are around, seek shelter in a low lying area, like a ditch, or if you're in your car, try to crouch down and cover your head.

When seeking shelter, it's a good idea to wear a pair of sturdy shoes and possibly a bicycle helmet to protect yourself from flying debris. Using a mattress or throwing couch cushions, or blankets. on the top of you can also help protect you. If time allows, don't forget your pets.

Finally, you should always have a way to receive alerts. Making sure your cell phone is fully charged and downloading the FOX 55 Severe Weather Center App is a good way to make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest weather alerts. Another good device is a programmable weather radio. These will alert listeners when watches and warnings are issued, and let you know when to take shelter.

For more information about what to do during a tornado, click here.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 750432

Reported Deaths: 13764
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1031991782
Lake556411007
Allen41662691
St. Joseph36974564
Hamilton36561417
Elkhart29390459
Tippecanoe22886225
Vanderburgh22549400
Porter19348325
Johnson18432388
Hendricks17608317
Clark13206193
Madison13139344
Vigo12608253
LaPorte12415221
Monroe12188175
Delaware10954198
Howard10285225
Kosciusko9619119
Hancock8562145
Bartholomew8164157
Warrick7856156
Floyd7781180
Grant7232179
Wayne7160201
Boone6939103
Morgan6746141
Dubois6214118
Marshall6208116
Cass6000109
Dearborn589578
Henry5895109
Noble580787
Jackson508975
Shelby500896
Lawrence4738122
Gibson444593
Clinton441455
Harrison441073
DeKalb439485
Montgomery436390
Whitley406343
Huntington402481
Steuben399759
Miami393169
Jasper387454
Knox375890
Putnam372160
Wabash360683
Ripley346970
Adams345355
Jefferson335785
White331553
Daviess3033100
Wells295181
Decatur289992
Greene286885
Fayette284864
Posey273835
LaGrange273072
Scott270156
Clay266448
Washington245234
Randolph244783
Jennings235349
Spencer234431
Starke227958
Fountain220348
Sullivan214343
Owen211658
Fulton202142
Jay200932
Carroll193420
Orange188155
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Tipton166146
Parke149316
Pike138234
Blackford136232
Pulaski120547
Newton113736
Brown104043
Crawford102316
Benton101414
Martin91615
Warren83815
Switzerland8118
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0420

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1108146

Reported Deaths: 20122
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1286421460
Cuyahoga1157382208
Hamilton813551248
Montgomery525311041
Summit48395999
Lucas43343818
Butler38951604
Stark33318929
Lorain25658504
Warren24580303
Mahoning22355603
Lake21166387
Clermont20111253
Delaware18841135
Licking16660222
Fairfield16570204
Trumbull16537482
Medina15603271
Greene15272247
Clark14233306
Wood13287198
Portage13242214
Allen11910239
Richland11601211
Miami10843224
Wayne9130222
Columbiana9029230
Muskingum8906135
Pickaway8658122
Tuscarawas8643248
Marion8641138
Erie8056164
Ashtabula7147179
Hancock6996132
Ross6943161
Geauga6834150
Scioto6534105
Belmont6155174
Union584549
Lawrence5726102
Jefferson5675158
Huron5544122
Sandusky5439125
Darke5415129
Seneca5347126
Washington5318109
Athens523660
Auglaize501887
Mercer487385
Shelby476595
Knox4570112
Madison444065
Ashland435597
Putnam4336103
Defiance432298
Fulton432072
Crawford4036110
Brown402461
Logan387577
Preble3848104
Clinton379166
Ottawa373581
Highland359665
Williams348078
Champaign344258
Guernsey324853
Jackson318154
Perry297350
Morrow291840
Fayette285450
Hardin274965
Henry273367
Holmes2699101
Coshocton268960
Van Wert247264
Adams243156
Pike242835
Gallia240750
Wyandot234556
Hocking220162
Carroll197148
Paulding176542
Meigs148240
Monroe136344
Noble136039
Harrison114138
Morgan109624
Vinton85517
Unassigned03
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Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
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Angola
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Huntington
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 74°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
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