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What To Do: Tornadoes

The region is experiencing intermittent tornado warnings and ongoing severe weather. Carlsbad residents are advised to monitor local news, such as news radio KOGO-AM 600 kHz and KLSD-AM 1360kHz, for updates and follow the instructions of all public safety personnel, including Alert San Diego ("reverse 9-1-1") calls to evacuate or shelter in place. Residents of mobile homes should follow their established emergency procedures.

  • Watch:  A "watch" defines an area where a weather hazard, such as a tornado or severe storm, is possible in the next several hours. It does not mean the weather hazard is imminent -- just that the public should be alert, and to be prepared to go to safe shelter. This is the time to turn on local TV or radio, turn on and set the alarm switch on a weather radio, make sure there is ready access to safe shelter, and make friends and family aware of the potential for the severe weather in the area.
  • Warning:  A "warning" means that a weather hazard, such as a tornado or severe storm, is imminent. When a warning is issued, take immediate safety precautions.


  • Always stay away from windows
  • Get under a work bench or other piece of sturdy furniture
  • Seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet
  • Use blankets and pillows to cover the body from flying debris
  • If in a mobile home, evacuate to a substantial shelter



  • Seek shelter in a substantial building
  • If no shelter is available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and use hands to cover the head
  • Pick a spot away from trees, cars and other objects, if possible


In a car

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on
  • Pull under an underpass if possible
  • Drivers and passengers should put their heads down below the windows, covering with hands and a blanket if possible
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building if safe to do so

For general storm safety tips and resources, visit the city website.


January 6, 2016