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For more information on this or any other hazard, contact the NSA Mid-South Emergency Management Department at 901-874-5749 or 901-874-5119.

Preparedness Is Your Duty

The Navy encourages all personnel to maintain a basic level of preparedness for all potential hazards.

You are encouraged to be informed about potential hazards, have a family emergency plan, and make an emergency preparedness kit.

Tornadoes, the most violent natural hazard, are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds that form out of thunderstorms. Strong winds are the most destructive aspect, with gusts reaching as high as 300 mph. The damage path can be a mile wide. Tornado season is generally March through August, but they can occur anytime of the year. Tornadoes most often occur at the tail end of a thunderstorm.

Eighty percent of tornadoes occur between noon and midnight. While some areas are more prone to tornadoes than others, they can occur anywhere, so it is in your best interest to be prepared.

How to Prepare For a Tornado

Stay informed and know tornado terminology:

Tornado Watch -- A tornado is possible. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for more information and further instructions.

Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately.

Identify a place in your home to take shelter in case of a tornado:  A storm shelter or basement provides the best protection. Otherwise, choose an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

Create an emergency kit.

What to Do If There Is a Tornado

Take shelter immediately in the designated room.

If you are outside, find shelter immediately or, if shelter is unavailable, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.

If you are in a car, stop immediately and find shelter. Do NOT try to drive through a tornado.

Stay tuned to radio or TV for information and instructions as they become available.

Stay in shelter until the tornado has passed.

Once you are in a safe place, muster with your command if you are military or civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.

What to Do After a Tornado

Stay clear of downed power lines.

Stay out of damaged areas.

Stay tuned to radio or TV for further information or instructions.

Inspect your home for damage, but be careful of unseen damage.

After a declared emergency, register your needs with the Navy through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) at or call 1-877-414-5358 or 1-866-297-1971 (TDD).

Where to Find Additional Information

Ready Navy -- https://www/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention --

Department of Homeland Security ( --

FEMA -- 

It’s your duty to stay informed, develop disaster plans with your family, and have ready an emergency supply kit good for at least three days.


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