A Storm's A Brewin': Tornado Preparation Trivia
by Staff
Tornadoes are some of the most dangerous storms on the planet. But there are many things you can do to prepare so that you and your are safe in the event of a terrible twister. Test your knowledge of this weather event process with our 20-question quiz.

Tornadoes occur most frequently during which of the following seasons:

  • spring
  • summer
  • winter

In which direction do tornadoes usually move?

  • west to east
  • southwest to northeast
  • northwest to southeast

What causes a tornado to take on a visible shape?

  • dust and debris
  • hail
  • rain clouds

At what speeds do tornadoes typically move?

  • 10-20 miles (16-32 kilometers) per hour
  • 30-70 miles (48-113 kilomters)per hour
  • 150-200 miles (241-322 kilometers) per hour

At what time of day do tornadoes usually occur?

  • between 7 a.m and 9 a.m.
  • between 11 a.m and 2 p.m.
  • between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Where do most tornado-related deaths occur?

  • outside
  • in apartment buildings
  • in mobile homes

What does a tornado watch mean?

  • A tornado has been spotted.
  • There is a possibility of a tornado.
  • You should immediately evacuate your home.

What does a tornado warning mean?

  • Although a storm has not be sighted, there is possibility of a tornado.
  • A tornado is in the forecast later in the week.
  • A tornado has been spotted.

Which of a the following is NOT a warning sign of a tornado?

  • dark, green sky
  • large, low clouds
  • abundant sunshine

Where should you seek shelter if you are in a house during a tornado?

  • near the front door
  • in the basement or lowest level and most interior room
  • in the attic

True or False: If you are caught outside during a tornado, seek shelter in a ditch.

  • true
  • false

True or False: It is safe to stay under a bridge or overpass during a tornado.

  • true
  • false

True or False: It's OK to use electrical equipment in your shelter during or after a tornado

  • true
  • false

True or False: If a tornado hits and you're in your home, you should position yourself under the table in your safe room.

  • true
  • false

You should include which of the following items in your emergency kit:

  • battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • first aid kit, food and water
  • all of the above

What articles of clothing should you include in your emergency kit?

  • shorts and a T-shirt
  • winter coat and long underwear
  • sturdy shoes and long-sleeved shirts and pants

When is it safe to leave your safe room after a tornado has hit?

  • when police and public safety officials have announced that the storm has passed.
  • when you see that the storm has passed your home
  • when you stop hearing rain and wind

What should you do if you see an electrical line downed by a tornado?

  • Touch it to see if it's live.
  • Contact the police or utility company.
  • Ignore it.

What should you do if you're in a mobile home when you hear about a tornado watch?

  • Evacuate and go to the nearest sturdy building's lowest level.
  • Stay in the mobile home and close the windows and doors.
  • Go under a table and cover your neck and head with your hands.

Tornadoes are some of nature's most violent storms. What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

  • Designate a safe room in your home, or develop an evacuation plan if you live in a mobile home.
  • Construct an emergency kit with essential items you'll need to weather the storm.
  • all of the above