Seeing tornados touchdown in Round Rock, Texas and in New Orleans, Louisiana are grim reminders that they do happen here and they could happen at any time.
Tornado season for the South Plains is March through August. You aren't really safe outside of that window either, but that's when they are most likely to happen. West Texas weather can (and often does) turn in a minute and then we have a problem. Lubbock now has tornado sirens, but I'll trust my cell phone to get the proper information about threats to our area.
So let's start with the basics, a "Tornado Watch" means a tornado could happen, a "Tornado Warning" means a tornado is happening.
The City of Lubbock has a nice page laid out for how to prepare yourself for tornados. You may or may not have some shelter you can go to or you may have to improvise a place to hide. (Once again, there are some great tips at the city's website.)
The thing you should do now is prepare. Get a plan together about where you'll go if a tornado is bearing down on you. Also, keep in mind that if a tornado hits your area, you'll probably also lose power and it could be hard to get supplies. Hopefully, you put together a little kit after ERCOT let Texas freeze. Take a look in that kit and make sure you have fresh batteries and that no one has filched any of the necessities out of it. I hope it doesn't sound self-serving, but having a battery-powered radio is essential. You will always find one or more radio stations that will be able to keep you up to speed with what's going on.
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