When a Storm Hits: Tips to Protect Your Family

WESTFIELD, Ind.— Indiana averages 23 tornados a year.  Do you know how to protect your family when this severe weather hits?  This week, the Westfield Fire Department, with the help of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, provides the following tips to help.

When a storm hits

  • Take cover in a building or vehicle
  • Avoid hilltops and open fields
  • Avoid small sheds or small structures in open areas
  • Avoid anything metal—golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.
  • A severe thunderstorm WARNING means that severe thunderstorm has been sight or indicated on radar.

When a tornado WARNING is issued

  • Seek shelter immediately—you may have only a few minutes or seconds before it reaches you.
  • Take cover in a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If an underground shelter is unavailable, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • Stay in the center of the room and get under a piece of sturdy furniture like a heavy table or desk.
  • Cover your head and neck with blankets and pillows
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