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Severe Weather Threat in the North-central Great Plains

Strong to severe storms are expected to bring severe wind gusts and large hail across parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. Additional thunderstorm activity likely Sunday from the Northern Plains into the Upper Great Lakes. A fire weather threat continues from portions of the Great Basin into the Rockies. Read More >

Staying Safe
 

Severe Weather Safety and Survival

 

The Basics of Severe Weather Safety

3 Basic Rules of Weather Safety - Get In, Get Down and Cover Up!

You can survive a tornado! Even in the heart of tornado alley, chances are you will never experience a direct hit by a tornado. However, being prepared is critical.

By following these simple guidelines, you can protect yourself and your family from nature's most violent storm.

No matter where you are, use these basic guidelines for tornado safety. Refer to other sections of this guide for more details on staying safe in specific locations and circumstances.

The most important things to remember are:

  • GET IN - If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
  • GET DOWN - Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  • COVER UP - Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.
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