An interior bathroom is often a good choice if it’s away from outside walls and windows. The plumbing can also help make the room a little stronger.
A laundry room could be another good choice, once again, if it’s away from outside walls and windows. The plumbing in a laundry room isn’t as strong as that in a bathroom, but it still offers some additional support.
In the Winters’ home in Lakesite, the pantry is the best option. It’s located under the stairwell, which is usually a very strong part of the house. Those locations usually fare better than others in the event of a tornado. Similarly, a closet under a stairwell could also be a good option.
When you reach your safe place, get as low as you can to the ground and cover your head. It’s also a good idea to grab a pillow or something else padded for additional protection from flying glass or objects, if you have the time to do so.
If there’s a tornado watch, it’s a good idea to go through your safe place and make sure it’s ready to access quickly. Remove any unnecessary objects from the room and ensure there’s a clear path inside.
Nancy Winters said she and her children have taken refuge in the downstairs half bathroom in the past during severe weather, but she never thought about using the pantry.
Identifying a safe place in an apartment building will work the same way. Avoid upper floors and rooms with windows and exterior walls. If you live on an upper floor, consider identifying another safe place to go in your apartment complex. Most complexes include offices, clubhouses or recreation areas that may offer more protection if they’re accessible during a tornado watch or warning.
Mobile homes are not a safe place to be during severe weather no matter where you are inside. It's best to try to seek shelter somewhere else if a tornado watch is issued in your area.
Severe weather can strike anywhere at any time and we may not be at home when It hits.
When we walked into the Dixon Team Keller Williams office in Collegedale, the first thing that stands out is the row of windows at the front of the building. Once again, avoiding rooms with windows is the best idea.
Cubicles also are not a good place to be. However, if you’re caught unprepared and don’t have time to go anywhere else, hit the floor and cover your head.
The Dixon Team Keller Williams office has a few closets, but they don’t offer the best protection in this situation, because they either include an exterior wall or partitions that don’t stretch all the way to the ceiling.
The best place to go in this office is the bathroom.
Sometimes you have a great place to go and sometimes you don’t. The important thing is to make the most of what you have and know where to go to seek the most possible protection.
No matter where you are, there are a few basic points to remember:
Try to get underground if possible
Stay away from windows
Avoid rooms with exterior walls
Steer clear of upper floors
Stay low to the ground and cover your head
Try to find extra padding for protection from flying objects
At home and at work, it’s also important to have a weather radio and keep fresh batteries in it, so you’ll know when severe weather is in your area and could be a threat to you.