Do you know your tornado terminology? There are three categories. Understand the differences between a Watch and a Warning.

First, a Tornado Watch. Be prepared. Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. In other words, watch out.

Second is a Tornado Warning. More serious than a watch. You need to take action. A tornado has been spotted by a National Weather Service trained weather spotter or confirmed on doppler radar. Have your safety plan ready to go if there’s a warning for you area. Take shelter.

Finally, a Tornado Emergency. Rarely seen in the Wabash Valley, but an absolutely deadly and destructive tornado is nearby. You need to take immediate action because there is a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage can be expected.

Tornado Emergency: An exceedingly rare tornado warning issued when there is a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from an imminent or ongoing tornado. This tornado warning is reserved for situations when a reliable source confirms a tornado, or there is clear radar evidence of the existence of a damaging tornado, such as the observation of debris.

The peak tornado months for the Wabash Valley are April, May and June. Tornadoes though, can occur in any month and at anytime of the day or night. Have a safety plan ready to go and a safe place to harbor. And put on your shoes. If your residence is hit, you’ll be walking through all types of hazardous debris.

Tornado Safety.