Tornado safety: Safe spot

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time to make a plan of action for severe weather events. When the forecast calls for severe thunderstorms make sure that you have quick access to a safe spot.

A safe spot is the lowest level of a sturdy building, in an interior room or hallway with NO windows. You want to put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible.

The LAST place you want to be when a tornado warning is issued is in your car. Plan your day to avoid this type of situation when severe weather hits.

If you do find yourself in your car when you get the alert, head to the nearest sturdy building and take shelter there. If there are no buildings nearby you should get away from your car and find a ditch that is lower than ground level. Lay face down and cover your head with your hands.

If there is no ditch, as a last resort you should stay in your car with the seat belt on, duck your head below the windows and cover yourself with a jacket or blanket.

Contrary to popular belief, an overpass does NOT provide protection in a tornado and could put you in greater danger of being injured.

The most important thing to do is keep an eye on the forecast. If severe storms are on the way change your plans, if need be, to be near a sturdy building when the storms roll through.

Note your safe spot at home, at work, and anywhere else you spend a lot of time.