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Officials offer tornado preparedness tips to stay safe in severe weather

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While Monday's deadly tornadoes touched down on the other end of the state, the chance of a tornado here in western Nebraska is very much a possibility during severe thunderstorms.
Local emergency managers say the best way to protect yourself from a tornado is to plan ahead.

Jerry Bretthauer, Region 22 Emergency Management Director, says people should have a planned place to go should a tornado touch down.

He says seeking shelter below ground is usually the safest option.
 
"The best thing to do is go into your basement. If you don't have a basement, you need to have worked out a plan with friends, neighbors, relatives, so that you know exactly where to go in a time of a tornado."

Bretthauer says those who do not have an accessible basement should seek shelter in a bathroom.

"The best place to go in a one story home is to look for the restroom, because the restrooms have a lot more pipes in them. And usually in there is a steel tub where you can cover yourself with a mattress or a heavy blanker so that you can stop the debris. People have survived in the bathrooms."

If a tornado approaches when you are in a vehicle, Bretthauer says its best to stop, get out, and get as low to the ground as possible. He advises to stay away from overpasses because they can crumble, and recommends not seeking shelter in a culvert in case of flooding. 
 
Bretthauer says whenever a tornado siren or warning arises, finding shelter should always be the first priority, rather than trying to capture pictures or video of the storm.

http://www.scottsbluffcounty.org/documents/emergency-management/family-emergency-plan.pdf

http://www.scottsbluffcounty.org/emergency-management/emergency-management.html
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