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Family Focus: Creating an Emergency Plan

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In the event of a tornado, it's crucial to be prepared. Severe weather can happen at any time. In North Dakota, there could be 20 to 25 tornadoes in one season.

Monday in Watford City Mother Nature played a nasty trick. The EF-2 tornado that touched down and left piles of debris scattered around a man camp is proof that nowhere is safe from storms.

That’s why it’s important to make sure your family has a safe spot. For everybody, that safe spot is different. It could be a basement, a hallway on the lowest floor, or the most interior room.

Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist says you want to get away from windows, doors, or anything that can be blown out by strong winds and hail.

Once you have your safe spot picked out, you need to think about the things you will be bringing with you. Anything soft and cushioned is a great idea to grab. If you have a pillow or a blanket to throw on top of you, it’s going to protect you from any blowing debris or falling ceiling.

Taking everyday items like a bike helmet could actually save you. By buckling it up, you’re actually preventing debris from falling directly on your head.

Don’t forget a flashlight. It could help you when the lights go out.

Once a tornado warning is issued, make sure everyone has sneakers on. That way, your feet will be protected from debris if you have to walk on it.

When it comes to clothing, brighter is better. The brightness will be able to help you with the whereabouts of your family.

It’s very important that your family has a safe spot picked out before any severe weather strikes. Take time to come up with a plan, and make sure that everyone in your family knows what their role will be.

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