SouthernWestVirginia Preparedeness partnership

TORNADOES

Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Although West Virginia ranks number 38 out of the 50 states for frequency of tornadoes, it is an event that all must be prepared for.

Before a tornado, one must be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms, especially the following:

        Dark, often greenish sky

        Large hail

        A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)

        Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

If you are under a tornado WARNING, seek shelter immediately!

If you are in:

Then:

A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)

Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.

A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home

Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

The outside with no shelter

Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.

Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

 

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American Red Cross-Beckley Jerry Runion
Address:
200 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 1598, Beckley ,
WV 25802,
304-255-1508 .
Description: Emergency Services....Disaster's-Flood-Home Fires-Snow Storms-Chemical Spills etc. Provide Food-Clothing -Shelter
Beaver Fire Department
Address:
147 3rd Street, Beaver,
WV 25813,
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Description: In case of emergency dial 911
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince Street, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description:                      ...
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince St, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description: The City of Beckley with its natural beauty, friendly people and its committed Police Department, makes Beckley a great place...
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
Address:
202 Maplewood Avenue, Ronceverte,
WV 24970,
304-647-4411.
Description:
Independence Middle School
Address:
800 Independence Road, Sophia,
WV 25921,
(304) 256-4500.
Description: Proposed location of emergency shelter.
Call for availability of shelter.

Mullens Police Department
Address:
316 Moran Ave, Mullens,
WV 25882,
304-645-1626.
Description: This is a description.
Princeton Community Hospital Association
Address:
122 Twelfth St, Princeton,
WV 24740,
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Description:
Raleigh County Convention Center
Address:
Eisenhower Drive, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 252-7361.
Description:
Trap Hill Middle School
Address:
665 Coal River Road, Glen Daniel,
WV 25844,
(304) 934-5392.
Description: Proposed location of emergency shelter.
Call for availablity of shelter.

Trap Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Address:
765 Bolt Road, Glen Daniel,
WV 25844,
(304) 934-7772.
Description:
Veteran's Hospital
Address:
200 Veterans Ave, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 255-2121.
Description:
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