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Bad Weather Safety Tips!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017   /   by Vickie Sparks

Bad Weather Safety Tips!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay safe during tomorrow's storms!


If you are at home during a tornado:



  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.

  • Get away from the windows.

  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.

  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.

  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.


If you are at work or school during a tornado:



  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.

  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.

  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.

  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.


If you are outdoors during a tornado:



  • If possible, get inside a building.

  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.

  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.


If you are in a car during a tornado:



  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.