Tornados: If warning sirens go off, don’t look for the reason why. Assume there is a tornado in the area and seek shelter immediately. A building with a basement is best. If the building has no basement, seek shelter in a bathroom. Bathrooms contain water lines that reinforce the walls and many have false or drop ceilings. Climb into the tub if possible and pull a mattress in on top of you to protect you from flying objects. If you are caught outside, get under an overpass or lie as flat as possible in a ditch line.
Wildfires: If you see a wildfire, turn and run in the opposite direction. Keep looking back to make sure the fire hasn’t changed direction and threatens to cut off your escape route. Stay out of an area where the fire has passed. The fire could re-ignite due to extreme residual heat.
Flash Floods: Floodwaters can appear suddenly even if it has not rained in your area. Know whether or not the area you are in is prone to flooding. As little as 2 feet of water can float a large vehicle or car. Flash floods are the #1 weather-related cause of death in the U.S.
Watches & Warnings: By all means, teach your children the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are right for the event to occur, a warning means that the event is actually taking place nearby.