(WMC-TV) - You have heard the Action News 5 storm tracking team say many times during tornado warnings, "Go to your safe place if your home is in the path of a storm". But do you really know how to find your safe place?
Action News 5 Meteorologist Ron Childers visited the homes of two Mid-South families, to see if their safe places measure up. What Childers discovered is a good lesson for everyone.
Ron's first stop was the Hatcher family's home. They have a severe weather plan.
Jill Hatcher chose the bathroom as her family's safe room. Why? She said she chose it because it has no windows.
Ron advises you to get to the lowest floor possible in your home and like Hatcher guessed -- as far away from windows as possible. You want to stay clear of flying glass. Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible.
So was Jill Hatcher's idea right? Yes and no. Here is why:
"Many injuries sustained in severe weather are head injuries. If you'll notice, the kids have on helmets. Protect your head. Great thing to do," said Ron. "They're in a bathroom. Sturdy, no windows, small confined space, and in the bathtub. Great place."
The kids even brought pillows because they serve as extra cushioning and they can use those to protect their bodies as well.
While the bathroom could serve as an okay place, it depends on where in the home it is located. Since the outdoors is what is on the other side of the bathroom wall, it may not be the best place for Jill Hatcher and her family.
"I just happen to notice this, you've got your laundry room," Ron pointed out. "On the other side of this is your garage, but you have a wall, there's another wall. The exterior wall on the other side of that. Then you walk in here. There's a wall here. Another wall before you get to the outside. Then you have the wall here."
There are multiple walls surrounding the Hatcher family's laundry room. So that may not be a bad place for her family to hide out when there is a tornado warning. Multiple walls would stand between her family and the outdoors.
Ron Childers helped to improve the Hatcher family's severe weather plan. They key though, is to have a plan and to have a safe place.
At the Pendley family's home, they have the ultimate safe place. It is a basement.
While not everyone has a basement, some do -- and if that is the case, it is your best bet to stay safe.
The most important thing is that Kelly and Stephen Pendley and her husband shared their severe weather plan with their children, so when there is a tornado warning, their kids know exactly what to do.
In addition to having a safe place, the Pendley family has tools to get them through a power outage. An important tool -- a flashlight.
In conclusion, if you have a basement, that will be the safest place to go in the event of severe weather. If you do not have a basement, do not worry. Pick the room that puts as many walls between you and the outside as you can. And remember to avoid windows.
Most importantly, make sure your entire family knows about your severe weather plan and where to go in the event that you need to seek safe shelter.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Here are some quizzes for you to test what you just learned.
Which room would you guess would be the safest place to hide if this was your floor plan? A, B, C, D, E, or F? The answer can be found below the picture.
The answer to the floor plan above is C or D.
The quiz continues... what would you guess the safest room in the floor plan below would be in the case of severe weather? The answer is below the photo.
The answer to the floor plan above is C.
This is the last question... hopefully so far, you are 2 for 2! In the next floor plan, which room would you pick as your family's safe place if this was your home? You will find the answer below the photo.
The correct answer to the floor plan above is E.
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