You may have very little time to prepare for a tornado, so how you respond is critical – and how you react depends on where you are.
Here are our tips on what to do in the event of a tornado.
If you are in your Home or Office
If you are in a Caravan or Shed or Portable Office
If you are Outside
If you are Driving
Ideally, you should avoid driving when tornadoes threaten, because a vehicle is a very unsafe place to be. If, however, this is not possible, stay as calm as possible, and assess the situation.
Ensure you have a survival kit – for more information go to the Getthru website run by Civil Defence.
In the case of a weather emergency WeatherWatch.co.nz may not always be able to provide you with timely updates if our offices are also affected – or if the internet is overloaded.
There is also no guarantee you’ll have access to the internet at home or on your mobile phone if the power goes out or phone networks crash.
During an emergency the radio is the best means of getting vital information.
– Image / A funnel cloud over Auckland in March / Janne Hosking
– WeatherWatch.co.nz with The Weather Channel
on 7/05/2011 8:48am
What to do if a tornado strikes: Turn your back to the storm, stand with legs wide apart, bending from the waist put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye
on 6/05/2011 12:12am
I was in the Taranaki Torando. These things are moving so quicky.. the likelyhood of you having any chance to react is about nill, hence me ending up very battered from the it. It would great if you could get your pet on a leash, cover yourself with a matress but i doubt you could do all that in about 15 seconds. Not to mention the last thing your thinking about is where is the dogs leash…
on 5/05/2011 5:06am
So Civil Defence tells you to make sure that you dont waste time shutting windows or covering with mattresses but make sure that you take the time to put your animal on a leash or in a carrier. Me thinks it might take a while to find the dog/cat and the leash/catbox specially if one might have to go to the vets to get a catbox! Mmmmm.
Do you know what they say about sheltering under bridges – I read somewhere that this was stupid too.
on 5/05/2011 5:11am
Hi Sue – that particular piece of advice came from The Weather Channel and perhaps isn’t so appropriate for a sudden tornado. But if there was any advanced warning it might be a good idea to have the pets indoors and ready to secure them quickly if need be. Dogs are probably more vulnerable than quick moving cats. And yes – stay away from bridges – they become wind tunnels – as seen in the movie Twister!
on 5/05/2011 5:26am
Okay – husband is wrong – Im listening to you guys. He says head for a bridge. I say and now you say that could become a wind tunnel. Cheers for the info.