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Staying safe from floods

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• Pay attention to all NWS watches and warnings for your area.

Television, radio, NWS weather radio, the Internet or services that contact you by cell phone or pager are all good ways for you and your parents to stay informed about warnings when threatening weather approaches your area.

• Take cover indoors from lightning, wind, hail, and tornadoes.

• During tornado warnings, stay away from windows. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible to avoid getting hit by flying objects. Go to a small room in your basement if you have one. If you don't, go to an interior closet or bathroom - use blankets or mattresses to protect yourself from falling debris.

Don't get caught out in the open, where ditches and culverts are your only choices. Highway underpasses are also not a good place to take shelter.

• Talk to your parents and form a plan about the best place to take shelter in your home.

• After heavy rains, don't walk or travel through water flowing over roads and sidewalks, particularly if you can't see how deep it is.

• Don't play near storm drains!

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