- Know the difference between a tornado watch and warning:
- A tornado WATCH means weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
- A tornado WARNING means a tornado has actually been sighted. Warnings are issued for individual counties and include the tornado's location, direction and speed. If you are in or near its path, seek shelter immediately. Don't attempt to look for the tornado. Many Virginia tornadoes are obscured by rain and may not be visible at all or until it is too late to take cover.
- Know the names of the counties, cities and towns near you. It will be easier to track the tornado's direction if you are familiar with the geography of your area.
- Find appropriate shelter and protect yourself while there. The best place to be during a tornado is an interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building. If you are outside, in your automobile or in a mobile home, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If none is available, lie down flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your arms. Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during tornadoes.