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Where is the safest place in your home to take shelter?

By Madison Burke, Jefferson City Reporter, madison.burke@kmiz.com
Published On: Mar 18 2014 09:06:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 09:18:59 PM CDT

ABC 17'S Madison Burke explains where the safest places to take shelter are inside your home.

During spring, severe storms can hit with little warning.

The Boone County Fire District's Gale Blomenkamp said being prepared is the best way to stay safe.

"When the weather is on you it's too late to plan or think that thought process through. So if you have that plan initially, before the weather strikes, you can practice it with your family," said Blomenkamp.

If you live in a home with a basement, find an area of your basement away from your windows to wait out the storm.

However, not all homes have a basement.

Emergency officials said a bathroom in the middle of a house is a great second choice.

"If you live in a single story home that's built of wood or is a stick built home, the best place to go is in an interior room preferably without windows," said Blomenkamp.

Some safety-conscious mid-Missourians even invest in a storm shelter.

Dave Rothove said you can have a storm shelter built right in your own backyard.

"They're very very safe. They're made of high strength concrete. We've had them tested at Texas State University to withstand any kind of tornado.

Rothove said at the first sign of severe weather his customers climb into the solid concrete shelter and close the large door.

He said tornadoes don't stand a chance against one of these shelters.

The 8'x5' structure can keep 9 people safe during a storm.

The price tag? Around $5,000.

Whether it's an underground safe room, basement, or inner-area of your house, having a plan is the best way to keep your family safe during severe weather.

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