We're used to Mother Nature's worst during the winter. But as Thursday's storms showed, nasty weather can rear its ugly head during the summer months too. When a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning is issued, you need to be able to react quickly. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe.
- If you are inside, get to an interior room on the lowest level of the building
- If you don't have a basement, get into the bathtub, crouch down and cover your head with your hands
- If you live in a mobile home and have time, relocate to a sturdier building. If not, get to a bathroom and try to put something heavy, like a mattress over you.
- Make sure that everyone has shoes on. Injuries often occur after storms move through because of scattered debris like glass and nails
- If you are outside, get away from trees and crouch down low to the ground. Cover your head.
If you are driving and a tornado warning is issued, you want to get away from your car. Pull to the side of the road and lie face-down in a ditch, covering your head. Do NOT park under an overpass. During a severe wind storm or tornado, winds can actually accelerate under bridges and make your vehicle airborne.
After the storm, remember to stay away from downed trees and power lines. If there is significant damage to your home, evacuated quickly and safely and dial 911. Always be mindful of strange smells that may indicate a gas leak. If you use a generator during a power outage, keep the generator outside to avoid carbon monoxide inhalation.