Severe Weather at Home: What to Do

Spring is a few days away and residents need to make sure they are prepared for severe weather now.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 10:23 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Tornadoes are common in the Wabash Valley.

Spring is a few days away and residents need to make sure they are prepared for severe weather now. If you think a tornado will impact your home do not get into the corner of your basement.

"That's a myth that you want to stay away from. Another one is go to the southwest corner of your basement 'that's your safest place' and yes if you have a basement to go to that's where you want to try to get to. The southwest corner may actually have debris pile up in it as will any of the interal wall areas of the basement" Dave Tucek with the National Weather Service says.

Going into your basement is the goal and there is a safe place inside the basement to take shelter you might not think about.

"My plan of action with my house in my basement is I would be going underneath my basement stairs. You've got that extra structure that surrounds you that provides that extra layering above you" Tucek says.

What if you don't have a basement?

"If you don't have a basement to go to it's all about getting in, getting down and covering up that means going into an interior hallway or closet on the lowest floor with as many walls between you and the outside as possible and then covering yourself with a heavy blanket that can protect you from falling or flying debris" Tucek says.

Stay away from windows is the safest course of action during strong storms. Many myths about tornadoes need to not be taken seriously.

"They can cross rivers tornadoes don't go through big cities tornadoes don't go up and down mountains all those are false tornadoes will do what they want to tornadoes will go where they want to whenever they want to" Tucek says.

As always stay informed about the weather forecast throughout the day if you know strong storms are possible.

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