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                                                Tornado Resources 



Department of Homeland Security—


National Weather Service—Tornado Safety

FEMA—Know the Facts: Tornadoes
Fact sheet about tornadoes, including what to do before, during and after a tornado event. Also, links to other types of natural disasters.


FEMA—Fact Sheet-Tornadoes

FEMA—Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business
Downloadable informational sheets about how to stay safe in a tornado.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—Tornado safety infographic
Downloadable pdf “Be Ready! Tornadoes”.

UCAR-Center for Science Education—Tornadoes
Good description of tornado formation and the ER scale that categories tornado strength.

UCAR-Center for Science Education—How Tornadoes Form
Good explanation of how tornadoes form.

NOAA  National Severe Storm Laboratory-Learning Resources for Students
Links to a variety of coloring books, trading cards, word finds, activities and maze sheets about severe weather events.


NOAA—Weather Friend Trading Cards
Downloadable .zip file of set of printable images and information.


NOAA-The National Severe Storms Laboratory-

Severe Weather 101: Tornado Basics
Lots of great information about tornadoes and

links to much more!


                                                                                               Image: An EF 4 tornado touches down in Illinois.

ThoughtCo.—Which is Worse, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, or Hurricanes?
Good explanation of what causes thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes and a chart that compares the three concerning scale, elements, season, time of day, location, duration, storm speed, size, strength, hazards, and life cycle.


National Geographic—Video—Tornadoes 101
5:16 minute video about tornadoes. Great images and explanation about how tornadoes form.

Easy-to-read information about tornadoes with great interactive graphics and diagrams. Information includes topics such as What is a tornado?, How do tornadoes form?, What do tornadoes look like?, What is a funnel cloud?, What is a supercell tornado?, What is a mesocyclone?, What is a microburst?, What is a waterspout? and much more.





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