Vehicles

If you are in a moving vehicle during an emergency, make sure you know what to do.

  • If there is an explosion or other factor that makes it difficult to control the vehicle, pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake.
  • If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the roadway, avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.
  • If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire. Don’t touch anything metal.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions as they become available.

During a tornado:

  • Get out of your vehicle and try to find shelter inside a sturdy building.
  • A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby — lie down flat and cover your head with your hands.
  • Do not take shelter under a highway overpass or bridge, because debris could get blown under them or the structures themselves could be destroyed.

During a flood:

  • Never drive around barricades.
  • If you come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.