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Here's how you can keep your family safe during a tornado

There is an increased threat for severe weather Friday night and into Saturday morning. Here's some tips on how you can keep your family safe.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tornado producing thunderstorms can develop quickly, meaning people have to react quickly. It's important to be prepared.

What to do before a tornado:

  • It's always a good idea to have an NOAA weather radio in case power goes out and phones die. If you do not have one, click HERE to download the ABC24 app. 
  • Charge up your phone and any portable chargers you have.
  • Have your plan on where to go for safety ready.

Tornado watch vs. tornado warning:

It's important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

  • During a watch, think "be prepared". Tornadoes are possible and near your area.
  • During a warning, think "take action." A tornado has been spotted, indicating imminent danger.

If there's a tornado:

  • If you're in a house, go to the basement if there is one. Otherwise, get to the smallest room in the center of the home like a closet or bathroom.
  • Stay away from all windows.
  • Cover your head if possible by wearing a helmet or putting a mattress on top of you.
  • If you're in an apartment building, get to the lowest floor possible or seek shelter in interior stairwells. The next safest place is away from windows in an interior room like a closet, bathroom, or hallway.

What happens if there's a tornado and you're driving?

  • Try and avoid being outside in the first place; otherwise, try to seek shelter in a building if nearby.
  • If caught in high winds, debris is a concern. Park the car out of traffic, get in a ditch and cover your head.
  • Do not park underneath a bridge. Debris could fly under the bridge and injure you. 


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