Experts give tips for severe storm season safety

When severe weather strikes are you prepared? (Colby Smalzel, ABC7 Amarillo)

"You don't wait for a tornado to have a tornado drill just like you don't wait for a fire to have a fire drill," said Storm Search 7 Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh.

ABC 7 News is helping to make sure you're prepared when severe weather strikes.

"If you're in a car you should find a sturdy structure in order to take shelter,” said Dr. Stephen Bieda with the National Weather Service. “ If you're in a mobile home you should definitely leave the mobile home and take shelter in a sturdy building. If you're in a home, the biggest thing is you want to try to put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible on the lowest level floor of the structure."

Experts suggest wearing a helmet for extra protection.

"Get in the bathroom, closet or a hallway take the mattress off your bed put that on top of you,” said Kersh. “Head protection, by far, is the one thing that people need to do."

“When thunder roars go indoors,” said Dr. Bieda. In the case of flash flooding seek the highest ground possible but if you're stuck outside there are ways to protect yourself. "Find a low lying ditch, the lowest lying ditch as possible and try to reduce the amount of upright space you may have exposed to the winds,” said Dr. Bieda.Experts said to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Emergency kits should be packed with supplies to last at least three days."Any type of home kit should include a flashlight, some type of non-perishable food items, some water's always good, a battery powered radio,” advised Kersh. “Now with apps, having the ABC 7 app on your phone would be a good thing to do. Plan now. Be ready and be prepared."Another tip from the National Weather Service is to make sure you have any medication you may need in your emergency bag.
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