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Be Prepared: Find the safest spot in your home

Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. (Source: WAFF) Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. (Source: WAFF)
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We say it all the time: go to the safest spot in your home.

Which is that? Is it a closet? Is it a bathroom?

Securing the best spot depends on the construction and layout of your home.

Remember three key things when canvassing your home for the best spot:

  • Think low, think small. Go to the lowest floor of your home and find the smallest room
  • Get as many walls between you and the outside as you can.
  • Avoid windows.

Look beyond the walls when you’re walking around, and to the framing itself. Small rooms support a lot of weight on top of them, and that's why we talk about getting into an interior closet or bathroom.

You should also consider geography. A lot of our storms come from the southwest, so you don't want to go to those rooms because they may be the first to be hit.

Not every storm or tornado that tracks across the Tennessee Valley is going to be capable of ripping your home from its foundation.

Some are going to be weaker, ‘hallway storms’, but others are going to be stronger, and those are the ones that you need to seek shelter for.

Only 1 percent of all tornadoes every year in the United States are rated EF-5.

These tornadoes pack winds over 200 mph. The only safe place with these devastating tornadoes is a storm shelter.

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