According to FEMA, “tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.”
Remember, storms scare some pets, and they may hide. Know your pet’s hiding places so you can retrieve them quickly. Keep a leash, crate, or other safe pet restraint handy so you can lead or carry your pet to the safe place you have designated as the “go-to” place when a tornado threatens.
Get ready long before a tornado actually occurs by making sure your pets will be as safe as possible in the unlikely event that a tornado touches down and damages your home. Make sure all dogs and cats are microchipped, and keep collars with identification tags in an easily accessible place. Even if you don’t collar your pets normally for safety reasons, they should have collars with ID tags available for emergencies in which they might escape your home and be found by a neighbor. Additionally, be sure that you have enough sturdy airline-safe animal carriers to hold cats and any small pets present in the home.