Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on June 12, 2013 @ 7:43PM
Created on June 12, 2013 @ 5:10PM
Wednesday nights potential storms seem like they could be pretty bad and we may even see some tornadoes. That's a big deal in our area, the last major one we had was back in the 40's in Shinnston with multiple fatalities.
Tornadoes aren't common in our area. But local officials said your familiar with what to do in case of one, even if you may not realize it. They said with tornado situations we need to respond the same we would with high winds, so here are a few tips.
The first thing everyone needs to do is go into a basement if they have one. If not, go to the bottom floor and stand in the most sturdy place, which is usually the center of your house or a door way. Make sure no matter what, to stay away from any windows or doors.
With tornadoes some experts recommend opening all your windows to the air pressure doesn't make your house collapse. If you don't have a basement or a sturdy place in your home and you know the storm is coming in advance, try to go somewhere that's a little safer.
"You should be prepared for 72 hours with no electricity. Once the storm passes and we assess the damage, we do have plans for three emergency shelters or cooling stations in the city of Clarksburg," said Chief Rick Scott, Clarksburg Police Department.
Chief Scott said the fire department has two buildings with emergency generators if more shelters are needed. And he said local schools with generators are always available.
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