The National Weather Service is tracking a storm system that includes the risk of severe weather of strong wind, hail and a threat of tornadoes. Meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch says before the severe weather hits take a few minutes to remember safety rules. If you are at home, take shelter in a secure place.
If you are inside your home, Barjenbruch says to get as low as you can inside the building and get as many walls between you and the outside as possible. An excellent option would be an interior closet. That will protect you from the debris blowing around. The basement provides the best protection in a storm.
Finding a safe place during a tornado can be very tricky if you are traveling. Many people seek shelter inside their vehicle under an overpass. Barjenbruch says, “Those overpasses can actually accelerate the wind and are not the best place to be, not to mention you tend to stop up traffic. Everyone behind you has to stop. If you find yourself in a very dangerous situation and in the car, cars are not the best place to be but better than some options. The good news is you do have seatbelts and they are meant to withstand impacts. It is nice to have the metal frame of a vehicle between you and the debris. That is why I say that every situation is different because the other thing about cars in a strong tornado is they get picked up and thrown.”
When it comes to severe weather, knowledge is power. Barjenbruch encourages everyone to have two or three ways to receive a severe weather warning and your phone is a valuable tool. He suggests downloading two or three weather apps and see which one you like best. Barjenbruch says most phones have the wireless emergency alerts that let you know that a warning has been issued. Also, pay attention to radio and other media broadcasts throughout the day to stay informed.