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:
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
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?
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
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 or False: It is safe to stay under a bridge or overpass during a tornado.
True or False: It's OK to use electrical equipment in your shelter during or after a tornado
True or False: If a tornado hits and you're in your home, you should position yourself under the table in your safe room.
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.
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.