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Tornado Safety

Most people have all heard the familiar whining of a tornado siren. Now, this whine is meant to be heard outdoors, not indoors, and a lot of times it will not siren the entire time of a warning. To stay safe you're going to want to make sure you stay in tune with your local weather channel or with the national weather service, that way you can see when the threat is over.

It's always a good idea to have a severe weather safety kit prepared in an ideal location located next to your safe place in your home. The most important thing to include in this kit would be a first aid kit, weather radio, food, spare water and these other items posted above. Make sure that all residents of your household know what's included in this kit and where its exact location is knowing where to go in your home.

It's also very important if you live in a home with an underground room or basement to know where to go. The best place to be will be located in a space in a central location. Make sure to place yourself with your head protected up against a corner of two walls.

If your home does not have an underground room, the best location to get to will be in a centralized location in the home with no windows such as a bathroom shown in the graphic above. Wherever you designate as a safe space, make sure to have your emergency kit there on standby. If you find yourself in a car during a tornadic event, get to a building as quickly as possible. If there are none around, get down as low as possible sheltering in your car or finding a deep ditch/ ravine to get into. Stay away from taking shelter underneath overpasses as they act as wind tunnels, increasing winds and focusing any debris.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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