Tornado Watch – Some Important Reminders to Help Keep your Family Safe

May 1, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

According to The National Weather Service  there is a Tornado Watch in effect until 10 p.m. for the following counties .. Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.

First of all, if a tornado WARNING has been issued, that means that a tornado has already been sighted or indicated by radar. A WATCH means a potential exists for a storm, but nothing has been spotted yet.

We talked with Jay Bonafede, Chief Communications Officer with the Western and Central New York Region of the American Red Cross. Here are some important tips.

Here is some important safety advice (from


Watch out for dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately.

Listen for a tornado siren. If you hear it, seek shelter immediately.

Turn on your TV/Radio. Be sure to watch and listen for the very latest weather updates and emergency instructions. We are very lucky to have many incredible meteorologists and weather anchors here in Buffalo.

Avoid unnecessary car trips. ou don’t want to be caught outside if a tornado comes.

Bring in outdoor furniture or things that could be blown away. These may become a safety hazard.


Take Shelter immediately. Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries.

Keep windows closed and stay away from them. Glass from broken windows can injure you.

If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor.  That is the safest location.

If you’rein a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter. Even if tied down, your home can’t protect you.

If you’re driving, fasten your seat belt and go to the nearest building for cover. You’re safer indoors.

If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows. You’re safer inside the car than outside.

If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands. You’re safer lying down than standing up.


Avoid entering damaged buildings. Broken glass and exposed nails can injure you.

Keep away from downed power lines and objects touching them.  You can be electrocuted.

Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking through debris. Stepping on nails and glass can injure you.




About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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