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Be Prepared for severe weather in an apartment, mobile home

Make arrangements to get to a first-floor apartment during the threat of tornadoes. (Source: WAFF) Make arrangements to get to a first-floor apartment during the threat of tornadoes. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The basic severe weather safety guidelines for homes also apply if you live in an apartment or condo.

Get to the lowest floor, with as many walls between you and the outside as possible, and avoid windows. This could be a bathroom or closet, under a stairwell, or, as a last resort, in an interior hallway with no windows.

Having a plan is particularly important if you live on the upper floors.

If your complex does not have a reinforced shelter, you should make arrangements to get to an apartment on the lowest floor possible. In some cases, the apartment clubhouse or laundry room may be used as a shelter, provided the basic safety guidelines are still followed.

You need to have a shelter area that's accessible at all times of the day or night.

Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail. A helmet can offer some protection against head injury.

Before severe weather, talk to your management to see if they have a severe weather plan for their residents.

Mobile homes are especially susceptible to high winds from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

You will likely not be safe in a mobile home, whether you’re in a hallway, a closet or a bathroom. Mobile homes cannot stand up to even a weak tornado, and you should make plans before the storm arrives to get to a safe shelter.

Due to the potentially short amount of time between a warning and the arrival of a tornado, you should consider executing your safety plans when a tornado watch is issued and not wait for the warning.

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Taking cover under sturdy furniture, in a bathtub or closet or under a mattress will be meaningless in a mobile home if the home itself is destroyed, blown over, or rolled over by tornado or high winds.

Get out of mobile homes and find a more substantial shelter as quickly as possible.

Again, you need to have access to a shelter that is available at any time of the day or night.

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