Indoor Severe Weather Safety

A tornado could occur at any time during the year if conditions are right. Our best chance at seeing a twister here in Nebraska is April – July. Many of us are indoors when a tornado warning is issued. Do you know which places in your home are safe and which are not?

When a tornado threatens, get away from the outside walls and windows. The glass could break or debris could be projected through the window. Also, do not go to the attic or upstairs. You want to move to the center portion of your home on the lowest floor possible.

A basement or storm cellar is the best place to be because you are underground. Get into a position that protects your head and eyes. Not everyone has a basement or storm cellar available to them, so the next best place to be is an interior bathroom, hallway or closet.

Be sure to grab a pillow, blanket or mattress so that you can protect yourself. An interior bathroom would be best because you can get into the bathtub. The pipes in the bathroom can act as an extra layer of protection. That is the goal when you are protecting yourself from a tornado. You want to put as many barriers between you and the outside as possible.

Mobile homes can be easily overturned, damaged or even destroyed by a tornado. If you live in one, seek shelter in a stronger, sturdier structure. If one is not available, get into a ditch, culvert or other low-lying area to protect yourself.

Wherever you live, you should always stay up to date with the latest forecast. Be prepared to go to your safe place when a tornado warning is issued.

Not everyone is at home when severe weather threatens. You could be at the mall, grocery store, movie theater or work. If you are in this situation you should follow the same guidelines that you would if you are at home. Go to lowest floor possible and go to the center of the room. If there is a designated shelter, go there. Stay away from windows and large open rooms. If you are in a building with a large free-span roof, find a smaller interior room because that type of roof can be easily damaged or destroyed by tornadic winds.

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