FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In Weather Wonders this week, we're going to take a look at how you can stay safe when a tornado warning is issued.
As soon as you're notified of a tornado warning for your location, it's crucial that you seek shelter immediately.
If you're at home, the safest place you can be is in your basement.
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• Go at once to the safe place you have identified in your home - ideally a windowless, interior room, a storm cellar, basement or the lowest level of the building.
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If you don't have a basement, the next best place you can be is on the lowest level of your home in the most interior room.
That's typically an interior bathroom, hallway, or closet.
You want to put as many windowless walls between you and the outside.
If you live in a mobile home, you need to seek shelter in a permanent structure.
That's because a mobile home can be tossed around in a tornado, making it unsafe.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) February 25, 2021
However, if you do not have a place to go, you can get inside a bathtub.
Wherever you seek shelter, it's a good idea to put on a sturdy pair of shoes and a bicycle helmet to protect yourself from flying debris.
You can also put blankets or a mattress on top of you to protect you from debris.
What should you do if you're in the car?
You need to get as low to the ground as you can, like in a ditch, or seek shelter inside a permanent structure.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in your car and a #tornado was heading your way? Here are some do’s and don’ts when deciding where to find shelter. Do NOT stay in your car! More about tornado safety at https://t.co/a0m6Q8tCXg #wmiwx #miwx pic.twitter.com/5n7kedx3gw
— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWSGrandRapids) June 29, 2020
You should never hide under a bridge or overpass because it could collapse.
And you should never try to outrun a tornado.