Fort Hood officials warn of hurricane/tornado/flood

Fort Hood officials issued special control measures here because of a [hurricane/tornado/flood] _____________________________.

There were [no, minor, major] personal injuries and [no, minor, major] property damage.

[The injured were taken to (name of hospital(s))  by (type of transportation).

More information will be released as it becomes available.


Familiarize yourself with terms of a tornado hazard:

  • Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted, is approaching, and you should shelter in place.

Prepare by determining shelter areas from a tornado in advance:

  • The safest place is in a basement.
  • If there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor is optimal.
  • Avoid areas with windows. Do not open windows.
  • In a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.  Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
  • Inform visitors of a tornado and move them to safe areas.
  • If you are outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building.
  • If there is no time to get into a building, lie down flat in a ditch or depression; facing down, cover your head with your hands and arms.
  • Develop a plan at home for you and your family and practice the plan often.

Be alert to changing weather conditions.

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
  • Look for approaching storms

Look for the following danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you are under a tornado warning take actions  immediately:

  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck.
  • Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.