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.

These resources can help you prepare before and safely recover after a tornado.

Prepare for a Tornado
Learn what supplies you should prepare ahead and how to plan for disaster debris. You can also get information about water and food safety, and health concerns. And find out how to report hazardous material spills. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Get tornado facts and learn the conditions to stay alert for. Find out how to shelter in different structures or 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 “tornado warning,” and the danger signs to watch for. Read about warning systems, and how to prepare your family and your home ahead of the storm. Learn what to do to stay safe during a tornado and how to recover after. (American Red Cross)

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

Last Updated: 08/30/2018