According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), tornadoes come in all shapes and sizes and can occur anywhere in the U.S., at any time of the year.

In the southern states, peak tornado season is March through May, while peak months in the northern states are June and July.

The resources below can help you learn what you need to know to prepare for and recover from a tornado.

Prepare for a Tornado
Learn what supplies you’ll need to prepare for a tornado and how to plan for debris. Find information about food and water safety as well as other health concerns. You can also learn how to report hazardous material spills. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Get tornado facts and learn the conditions to be on alert for. Find out how to shelter in different structures, even if you’re outside. Learn how to stay safe, inspect the damage, and clean up after a tornado. There’s also information on how to prepare a safe room. (

Tornado Safety
Learn the difference between a “tornado watch” and a “tornado warning,” and learn the danger signs to watch for. Read about warning systems and how to prepare your family and home ahead of the storm. (American Red Cross)

Get information on how to prepare for a tornado and how to stay safe after. Learn what to do when you re-enter your home and how to safely handle flooding or debris. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021