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Tornado safety tips from TV5

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Severe weather season is here and now is a great time to double check your safety plan in case there is a tornado in your neighborhood.

Keith and Deb Allen live in Frankenmuth. The Allens take tornado safety seriously and think they have a great plan to stay safe when weather alerts are issued.

"With amateur radio operators, we learned to go to the basement for your own safety, and we do do that. We have water and medications and stuff stocked up for down there in case that happens." said Deb Allen.

And that is the perfect plan. The basement is definitely the top choice of where you want to go.

If you don't have a basement, the home's lowest floor is where you want to go. But another thing to consider, what's on the floor above you? If the answer is an appliance or heavy furniture, you may want to checkout a different spot.

An alternate safe place to be is in the bathroom, in the tub, with blankets and pillows, and a mattress.

Another spot is near the interior of the home. The area looks like it could be an ok safe place, but, it's a little deceiving. The rule of thumb, you want to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.

Remember, the best place to go is the basement. But if you don't have a basement, go to the lowest floor, away from any windows and outside walls. Make this plan with your family, even practice it. It will help to keep you safe.

Make sure that you're on the lowest level, in this case we're in the basement, you're away from windows, and it's in the interior of your house. You can always think about ways to improve your safety plan. Think about adding a table to the mix. Something sturdy to take cover under, even blankets. Keep your blankets, pillows around your safe place and this will help to protect you from flying glass.

There's nothing more important than keeping your family safe in severe weather.

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