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Are You Prepared For A Tornado?

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DAVENPORT, IA – Have a plan for severe weather or tornado warnings, whether it’s with family or neighbors.

During a tornado warning, a basement is the best place to take shelter, but for those who don’t have one, The American Red Cross says there are other options.

Betsy Pratt, Regional Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross, says, “If you don’t have a basement, take an interior closet or an interior bathroom. Any place that has four walls, but doesn’t have windows, and that none of the walls are outside.”

KWQC Meteorologist, Kevin Phelps, says once you shelter in the bathroom, get in the bath tub and cover your head.

The lowest point possible is the safest place to go.

During a tornado warning, plan to stay in the shelter for a while. Pratt says to be prepared, “Have pillows, blankets, water, food moved to that area already so if a warning comes about, you’re prepared and ready to take action.”

If you are in a car when a tornado strikes,, get to the nearest shelter. If that’s not possible, Pratt says, “Drive away from the storm, but if the weather gets too bad and there is flying debris, stop your car.”

Pratt says to access your situation, and only leave your car if you think it is safe.

Phelps says during a tornado warning, it’s important to stay updated. Keep a weather radio or cell phone nearby so you know when it is safe to come out. He says, “Wait until the warning is over. The storm could be way past you, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”

If you have a weather radio, make sure it is battery-operated in case the power goes out during severe weather.

Do not leave your safe shelter until the tornado warning has either been canceled or expired.

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