TERRE HAUTE, IND. (WTHI) – A family of 8 to prepare for, that’s a storm action plan that has to be perfect. Jacob and Kelly Stevenson, they don’t have children yet, but 6 dogs that are their little ones. Well 4 of them, are larger than life.
The Stevenson’s have a storm action plan and it comes with the difficulty of corralling the family together and getting to their safe spot.
“Well I think of them as children, my first reaction is they have to be safe if we’re safe. To me they’re the most important thing to us. They’re equally as important as a human being to me. We also have to bring water and food for them too,” said Stevenson.
Keeping alert, making sure everyone is in the right spot, and staying safe is the Stevenson’s safety credo.
Meteorologist Dave Tucek of the National Weather Service knows a lot about severe weather and suggest families take the same course of action as the Stevenson’s and should prepare ahead of time.
“When the watch boxes come out, folks start to review their plans, what they would do if bad weather were to come and when the warnings are issued then they are prepared. So when a storm does arrive in their neighborhood they’re taking shelter,” expressed Tucek.
Finding cover, get to your safe location, and staying alert.
It all starts with your safety plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has the proper list for you.
That includes going to the lowest level of your home particularly a basement. If not a basement a closed most interior room away from windows like a bathroom or closet. Stay away from tall ceilings and wear a coat and shoes for protection.
Other ways to stay ahead, building a kit, having the wireless alerts and stay informed.
Because it always comes back to, “awareness and preparedness, if the sky is looking threatening and the warning comes out, you need to be taking cover,” said Tucek.