Do you know what to do if a tornado warning is issued?

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) The safest place to go during a tornado warning is a basement or storm shelter. However, many times these options are not available so where is the next best place in your home?

WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

A tornado warning has been issued its time to take action. Seeking more information on the possible tornado is too often people’s first instinct.

Don’t do that, you don’t know if its seconds or 20 minutes before that tornado could hit your home. It’s important to seek shelter first.

Get to the most interior room and the lowest level of your home. If you live in an apartment that is not ground level you need to find a place now that you can take shelter in case there is a tornado warning issued.

There should be not exterior walls or windows in the room you designate as your safe place to shelter.

Tornado surveys show the smaller the room, and more centrally located it is, the better chance tornadic winds won’t be able to completely destroy that part of the home.

Rocks, timber, and other objects can turn into projectiles that can go right through those outside walls like they are made of paper. That’s why you should never seek shelter near an outside wall.

Keeping your emergency kit, and even keeping pillows or helmets in the room you decide is the best place to be during a tornado is a great way to protect your head.