What to do if a tornado strikes Connecticut

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(WTNH) — If a tornado strikes Connecticut, would you know what to do?

The impending threat of severe weather throughout the state has citizens wondering if they’re prepared. We’ve got your back with the information you need to know to stay safe.

Connecticut State Police told News 8 Tuesday that the best course of action for individuals to take in case of any type of severe weather is to stay inside and off the roads. They say to monitor forecasts and be prepared to take further measures to ensure your safety.

Towns all over Connecticut are prepared for the worst. Our capitol city’s website features the Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness, which gives details on what to do in every type of emergency.


Its section on tornadoes reads as follows.

“If there is a tornado warning, get to shelter right away. If you are in your car, stop. Get out and lie flat, face down in a low area. Cover your head and wait for the tornado to pass by. If you are home, go to the basement, storm shelter or a room near the middle of the home. If you are in a tall building go to the middle of the building, like in a stairwell or hallway.”

The city of Bridgeport posted a tornado-specific preparedness guide on its own website.

“Keep in mind that while tornadoes are more common in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest, they can occur in any state and at any time of the year, making advance preparation vitally important,” it reads.


Edward Perron, who is in charge of emergency preparedness services for the town of Putnam, told News 8 that temporary shelter will be available to all who need it at the town’s schools. Other towns will be offering similar services.

Wherever you are when severe weather strikes, rest assured that there are resources available to keep you safe.

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