Tornado - Specific Hazards

Persons entering areas and buildings after a tornadic event face a variety of potential hazards, including but not limited to electrical hazards, structural hazards, displacement of wildlife, exposure to chemicals such as petroleum products or carbon monoxide, and mold growth from water-impacted building materials. First and foremost, life safety issues, such as ensuring the home or building is structurally sound and avoiding electrical shock or carbon monoxide poisoning, must be considered before any entry or clean-up is initiated.