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Updated: 09/10/2020 10:35 AM

Be Prepared!

Tornado Preparedness

When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no such thing as a “tornado season.” Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill. Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly.

Know the Signs

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the base of a cloud.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base – tornadoes sometimes have no visible funnel.
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes, especially in Virginia, are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
  • Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder does.
  • If it’s night, look for small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These lights are power lines being snapped by very strong wind, perhaps a tornado.
  • Persistent lowering of the cloud base.

Watches and Warnings

Learn the terms that are used to identify a tornado:

  • Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information.
  • Tornado Warning: a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.

Campus-Community Emergency Response Team Training (C-CERT)

CNU’s Office of Emergency Management offers Campus-Community Emergency Response Team Training. For more information, please contact CNU PD

National Hurricane Prep Week

Hurricane season starts June 1. Make sure you and your family are prepared. Get tips here on how to prepare before, during, and after.

Prepare Your Property Now for a Future Storm
FEMA urges property owners to take steps now to minimize damage from future storms. To better protect your family and yourself in the event of an emergency, ensure your home is a safe structure.

The following are some house maintenance tips from, and on how to strengthen and protect your property from storms with sustained high wind speeds.

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant. Read more about the mitigation model of Louisiana homes using similar roof technology.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors. If wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage. Read how two families updated their garages to minimize recent flood damage.

For more information, go to or announced that for those of you who follow them onTwitter@Readygov, they have a new hashtag dedicated to our community! Tweet all things preparedness with#NatlPrep.


  • - “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.” This site has extensive preparation tips and information about natural disasters and other threats.
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