By: Michael White Email
By: Michael White Email

February 3 - 9 is Severe Weather Awareness Week here in the CSRA! At Storm Team 12 we have some important tips to make sure you and your family stay safe during any severe weather events.


  • Go to the basement (if available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying debris.

  • In cars or mobile homes, abandon them immediately!! Most deaths occur in cars and mobile homes. If you are in either of those locations, leave them and go to a substantial structure or designated tornado shelter.

  • If no suitable structure is nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head.


  • Avoid using the telephone (except for emergencies) or other electrical appliances.

  • Do not take a bath or shower.

  • If you are outdoors, go to a safe shelter immediately! such as inside a sturdy building. A pickup truck or hard top automobile with the windows up can also offer fair protection.

  • Avoid isolated trees or other tall objects, bodies of water, sheds, fences, convertible automobiles, tractors and motorcycles.


  • Avoid low water crossings.

  • Leave your vehicle immediately if it stalls in flood waters.

  • Move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

We will be highlighting these important tips all this week on News 12.

Remember, the best way to stay up to date on any severe weather watches or warnings is to purchase a NOAA weather radio. It's an investment that could save your life. Another reminder: StormFest will be occurring Saturday, March 1 at Fort Discovery, and the theme this year is "Severe Weather".

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  • by News 12 on Feb 8, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Get in your bathtub and cover yourself with a mattress.
  • by Arlinda Lee Location: Wrens Georgia on Feb 8, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    If you live in a single family home with windows in every room even the bathroom and kitchen and in the hallway the hot water heater storage and the heating unit there where will you suggest to get because most of the homes made the same way in our neighborhood.
  • by Michael White Location: WRDW on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    Tiffany, the best thing to do in your situation is to HAVE A PLAN! The first thing I would do in your situation is have a friend or family member who lives in a home with a permanent foundation and have them pick you up and stay with them when these storms look like they are on the way. Always stay in contact with them and if you know they will be out of town have a backup person to stay with. I hope this helps.
  • by News 12 Location: North Augusta, SC on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    This is what the NOAA says to do in your situation: "Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you."
  • by Tiffany Hannah Location: Wrens on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    This is Tiffany Hannah and i live where there's no ditches maybe couple of miles up the road, but my point is that if my family and i can't make it up the road faster enough before the tornado hits and that there's no available shelter that's safter enough for us to hide in. Also, we don't have anything in our home that will be good enough to keep us safe because we live in a mobile home and i know earlier it was told that if living in a mobile home get out immediately but we have nowhere to go, what should we do?
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