FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – In past digital weather stories I’ve talked about how a tornado forms and tornado terminology. Now it’s time to talk about tornado safety. While tornadoes can happen in any month and at any time of the day or night, there is a peak season. And we’re in it. April, May and June, on average, is when the Wabash Valley will see most of it’s tornadoes.

So, what to do if the WTWO meteorologists tell you there’s a confirmed tornado heading toward you.

Look at this diagram. Those orange-shaded areas, not where you want to be. Same with the outside.

It’s the green-shaded areas offering better protection. These areas, stairs, bathroom, hall or closet offer more protection and most likely are away from windows. Cover yourself with a mattress or blanket, if you can. Get under a desk or other object if possible.
This lessens the risk of being injured by flying debris. And put on your shoes. If your residence is destroyed, and you survive, you do not want to walk through ruble that may contain cutting surfaces like glass or metal.

The safest place in your house? The basement. Go there.

If you live in a mobile home, seek shelter at a nearby neighbors house. If caught outdoors, find the lowest place, like a ditch. Get as low as you can, regardless of location.