About Tornadoes

Canada experiences as many as 100 tornadoes reported per year.

While the characteristic “funnel cloud” is unmistakable, waiting until you see it to act is too late. Sometimes tornadoes can develop so fast that you’ll have no advance warning.

However, generally you will have time to react. If a tornado warning or watch has been forecasted in your area, pay attention to news updates and, if instructed to do so, evacuate immediately. If a tornado does hit, recovery after the storm may seem overwhelming but here’s where you can start.

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You won’t always know when a tornado is coming but here are some signs: a dark, often greenish or yellow sky and/or a large low-lying cloud that can begin rotating.

When it’s very close, you may experience stillness in the air and hear a loud roar advancing toward you. Ideally, you should have evacuated well before this occurs. But if it happens suddenly, it’s critical that you find shelter immediately. You may need to move fast, so have your disaster plan and kit ready and accessible.

You won’t always know when a tornado is coming but here are some signs: a dark, often greenish or yellow sky and/or a large low-lying cloud that can begin rotating.

Helpful Products Checklist for Tornado Preparation:

  • Emergency Preparedness Kit
  • Batteries and Chargers
  • Caulking and Sealant
  • Duct Tape
  • Concrete, Cement and Masonry
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Extension Cords
  • Flashlights
  • Insect and Mosquito Control
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Plywood
  • 2x4s
  • Portable Generator
  • Roof Coatings
  • Roofing Caulk
  • Roofing Felt and Underlayment
  • Roofing Shingles and Tiles
  • Circular Saws
  • Cordless Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hand Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Saw Blades
  • Saw Horse and Workbench
  • Utility Knives and Blades
  • Nails
  • Wood Screws
  • Emergency Preparedness Kit
  • Batteries and Chargers
  • Caulking and Sealant
  • Duct Tape
  • Concrete, Cement and Masonry
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Extension Cords
  • Flashlights
  • Insect and Mosquito Control
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Plywood
  • 2x4s
  • Portable Generator
  • Roof Coatings
  • Roofing Caulk
  • Roofing Felt and Underlayment
  • Roofing Shingles and Tiles
  • Circular Saws
  • Cordless Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hand Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Saw Blades
  • Saw Horse and Workbench
  • Utility Knives and Blades
  • Nails
  • Wood Screws

Is your Family Disaster Kit ready?

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FAQS About Preparing For a Tornado

Your first step after a tornado is to ensure that everybody is safe and that anyone injured is attended to.

Studies show that as much as 50 percent of tornado injuries occur during the rescue period, so it’s important to be aware of dangers in the aftermath. Safety must be your first concern so approach any structures with caution and avoid debris. Dangers you should be aware of include fire, electrocution, falling structures and debris on the ground including rusty nails and broken glass. Tornadoes often result in flooding afterwards, so ensure you are prepared for floods as well.

Your first step after a tornado is to ensure that everybody is safe and that anyone injured is attended to.

Helpful Products Checklist for Tornado Clean-Up:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Work boots
  • Work gloves
  • Workwear
  • 2x4s
  • Air Purifier Filters
  • Broom
  • Buckets
  • Caulking and Sealant
  • Cleaning Solutions
  • Duct Tape
  • Concrete, Cement and Masonry
  • Construction Adhesive
  • A Desiccant
  • Dust Masks
  • Extension Cords
  • Exterior Paint and Stain
  • Interior Paint
  • Paint Brushes and Rollers
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Insect and Mosquito Control
  • Ladder
  • Mould and Mildew Cleaners
  • Plywood
  • Plywood
  • Portable Generator
  • Pump
  • Rags, Cloths and Sponges
  • Roof Coatings
  • Roofing Caulk
  • Roofing Felt and Underlayment
  • Trash Bags
  • Water Heater
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Wood Screws
  • Nails
  • Pliers
  • Saw Blades
  • Saw Horse and Workbench
  • Utility Knives and Blades
  • First Aid Kit
  • Work boots
  • Work gloves
  • Workwear
  • 2x4s
  • Air Purifier Filters
  • Broom
  • Buckets
  • Caulking and Sealant
  • Cleaning Solutions
  • Duct Tape
  • Concrete, Cement and Masonry
  • Construction Adhesive
  • A Desiccant
  • Dust Masks
  • Extension Cords
  • Exterior Paint and Stain
  • Interior Paint
  • Paint Brushes and Rollers
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Insect and Mosquito Control
  • Ladder
  • Mould and Mildew Cleaners
  • Plywood
  • Plywood
  • Portable Generator
  • Pump
  • Rags, Cloths and Sponges
  • Roof Coatings
  • Roofing Caulk
  • Roofing Felt and Underlayment
  • Trash Bags
  • Water Heater
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Wood Screws
  • Nails
  • Pliers
  • Saw Blades
  • Saw Horse and Workbench
  • Utility Knives and Blades

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Click here to download our Tornado Preparedness & Clean-Up PDF.

FAQS About Cleaning-Up After a Tornado

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