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The safest place during severe weather

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement, a storm cellar or a safe room. But, if you live in an apartment or home that doesn't have one, you have some safe alternatives.

Stadium Place Apartments in Jonesboro is just one of many apartment complexes in the area. Deanna McNamee is the manager and says they don't have a specific severe weather safety plan in place for their residents.

"With an apartment complex there's not storm cellars or anything like that," said McNamee.

Often times apartment complexes have second and third floors. If a tornado were to occur you would want to go down to the lowest floor possible.

McNamee said, "There's also neighbors, just knock on your neighbor's door and they'll let you in." 

The only time you want to do this, is if the neighbor lives on the first floor.

Do not assume that a breeze way is a safe place even though it may look like it. The winds will be stronger and flying debris could hit you.

You want to put as many walls between you and the outside part of your home. The safest place to be usually is a bathroom, an interior closet or hallway. However make sure the room does not have windows and that it's located in the centermost part of the building.   

When you go to your safe place you want to bring some things with you to protect yourself from flying debris. Such as blankets, pillows, cushions off your couch or even a mattress off your bed.

The most important thing of all is to have a severe weather plan in place before the weather turns bad. Go ahead and make a safe plan of where you want to go in your house because when severe weather occurs every second counts.   

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