In-Ground Storm Shelters Help Keep You Safe
Spring has sprung in the Midwest and with that comes unpredictable weather. Are you and your family correctly informed and prepared with an In-Ground Storm Shelter – MO & KS?
Knowing Safety Rules can help save your life
Severe weather often develops quickly, so you must know severe weather safety rules before the storm hits. Many times, only minutes are available to react when a severe thunderstorm or tornado threatens. Lost seconds can be the difference between life and death.
- If you are caught outdoors, you should seek shelter in a basement, shelter, or sturdy building. If you cannot, quickly walk to a shelter.
- Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
- If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.
Now you have the following options as a last resort:
- Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
Other safety tips include:
- Attending school? Your teacher or instructor will direct you to the school’s tornado shelter. Kneel on the floor facing the wall with your hands covering your neck and head. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums.
- Shopping in a mall or large building? Go to the middle of the hall on the lowest level away from windows.
- If you live in a mobile home, get out and find a sturdy building and go to the basement or lowest level. In homes or small buildings, a basement is the safest place especially if you can get under a sturdy piece of furniture. If you do not have a basement, seek shelter in a windowless closet, bathroom, or inside the hall. Try to get under something sturdy and protect your head.
- Lightning is a very dangerous component of all thunderstorms. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors either in or near a thunderstorm. It does not have to be raining to be in danger from lightning.
Lightning should be avoided
A good rule of thumb is that if you can hear thunder, then you better seek shelter. Lightning can occur up to 10 miles away from the rain.
Lightning is most likely to strike individuals in open areas like golf courses, lakes, ball fields, and farm fields. Also, tall trees have a higher probability of being struck. The best course of action to protect yourself from lightning is to go indoors well before a thunderstorm strikes. If there are no buildings available, get in an automobile with a metal roof.
By not touching anything metal, any lightning strike will then be directed into the ground.
If trapped outdoors, seek shelter in a low area. If in a forest, stay away from the tallest trees and seek shelter in a clump of lower trees or brush.
Hair standing on end? Be prepared, you are about to be struck by lightning. You should immediately crouch down on your knees with your hands behind your head. Try to make yourself as small as a target as possible, but do not lie down.
While indoors during an electrical storm, stay away from windows and do not use hard-wired telephones.
Thank you to the National Weather Service for this helpful information.
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