Hatter Alert: Emergency Guidelines System
If you are in danger or feel threatened, call 911 or Public Safety at 386-822-7300.
- A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms, and be prepared to seek shelter.
- A tornado warning means a tornado is imminent or has been indicated by radar or reported by storm spotters. Move to your pre-designated place of safety immediately.
It is recommended that each building and/or department purchase a NOAA Weather Alert radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature that automatically alerts you when a Watch or Warning is issued. Purchase a battery-powered commercial radio and extra batteries as well.
What to do during a tornado warning
- Take cover immediately.
- If you are outside, move immediately to a well-constructed building nearby. If you cannot get to a shelter, move to a low spot such as a ditch or a culvert and stay as low to the ground as possible.
- If you are inside a building, find the most central space on the lowest floor of the building to which you have access, preferably away from doors and windows. If possible, take cover under a desk, table, mattress or other protective item. Stay as low to the floor as possible.
- In a high rise building, go to a small, interior room or hallway with no windows on the lowest floor possible.
- Get out of vehicles, trailers and mobile homes immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or storm shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
- If you must go outdoors immediately after a severe storm, watch for fallen power lines and hazardous debris.