Spring Severe Weather
Missourians should practice taking shelter. The safest shelter location is an interior room without windows in the lowest level of a building. Other safe locations for businesses and schools include hallways, underneath staircases and designated tornado safe rooms.
Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency has launched new videos demonstrating tornado sheltering in schools, houses and mobile homes in preparation for severe weather season. The brief videos show how to prepare for and take cover in a variety of scenarios. The videos can be viewed at: www.Mo.Gov.Severe Weather Tips
Tornado watch means watch the sky. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm. Tornado warning means seek shelter immediately. An interior room without windows on the lowest floor is the safest shelter location.
Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because of the
potential, for a roof collapse.
Immediately leave a mobile home to seek shelter in a nearby building.
Overpasses are not safe. An overpass’ under-the-girder-type construction can cause a
dangerous, wind tunnel effect.
If you are driving, you should stop and take shelter in a nearby building. If you are driving in a rural area and no shelter is available, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Protect yourself from flying debris by covering your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket. Be prepared to move quickly in case the ditch fills with water
Never drive into standing water. It can take less than six inches of fast moving water to make a slow moving car float. Once floating, a vehicle can overturn and sink.