We do not have tornados often and basements and storm shelters are not common in our area. So what should you do if you are faced with a storm that may have a potential tornado. Sheltering in place is the best idea.
Choosing the best place in your home or workplace to shelter from a
tornado isn’t always easy. Many newer buildings don’t have a really good
shelter area. Use these rules of thumb to find the best tornado shelter
• Stay away from windows and skylights
• Shelter “down and in” - Put as many walls between yourself and the outside as you can (think of the ceiling as a wall)
• Avoid rooms with large ceiling expanses
• Find an area large enough for everyone to stay comfortably for at least 45 minutes
It is recommended that the room be an interior room like a closet or bathroom. Practice getting into the area and what you might need to take with you. You may want a radio or flashlight. A blanket to cover your heads to keep debris off of you. Pillows to make it more comfortable. If you have young children, maybe a small toy or comfort item.