tornado safety

planning for a disaster

Tornado Safety

Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, they are more frequent in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries nationwide each year. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year and most often strike between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. In the Southern states, peak tornado season is March through May. In the northern states, peak tornado season is June through August.

Safety Basics

A tornado’s path of destruction can be more than one mile wide and 50 miles long and can devastate a neighborhood in seconds. You may have little warning, so preparation and planning are key to reducing injuries. 

Illinois Tornadoes by Year

71 Tornadoes in 2020

37 Tornadoes in 2019

64 Tornadoes in 2018

65 Tornadoes in 2017

It is important to know what to do before, during, and after a tornado.



During a tornado watch:

During a tornado watch: