In all cases
- Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and watch for flying debris.
- A tornado is deceptive. It may appear to be standing still but is, in fact, moving toward you.
If you are in a house or high-rise building
- If possible, go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway.
- If you are on the upper floors of one of Concordia's larger buildings, protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.
- Do not use the elevator.
- In all cases, stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.
If you are in a gymnasium, an arena, a chapel or an auditorium
- Large buildings with wide-span roofs may collapse if a tornado hits.
- If possible, find shelter in another building.
- If you are in one of these buildings and cannot leave, take cover under a sturdy structure such as a table or desk.
General tips after a tornado
- If possible, change into sturdy shoes and protective clothing before helping other in debris.
- If you are inside, check the building for structural damage. If you suspect it is unsafe, leave and report the hazard to 514-848-3717.
- Do not turn on any switches or light any burners unless you are sure that there isn't a gas leak in your area.
- Do not shut any utilities unless they are damaged or leaking (natural gas leak smells like rotten eggs).
- Do not go near loose or dangling power lines.