On May 22, 2008, a mile-wide tornado swept through Windsor, resulting in a path of destruction that was nearly 39 miles in length.

  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating funnel-shaped cloud, an approaching cloud of debris, or a loud roar—similar to a freight train.
  • Understand the difference between a watch and a warning. Generally, a watch means conditions are possible, while a warning means an event is expected, imminent, or already happening.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar. If there is no basement, get to a small, interior room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • If you can’t get into a sturdy building, do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves during cleanup.
  • After a tornado, take safety measures to avoid injury from debris, contaminated water, carbon monoxide poisoning, and electrocution.

Refer to FEMA’s tornado fact sheet for more information about tornado response and recovery.