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In light of recent severe summer weather events Bismarck Emergency Manager, Gary Stockert reminds all citizens of the need to plan ahead to identify where they will shelter during a tornado watch and warning. “The City of Bismarck does not own or operate emergency tornado shelters. Those who live in mobile homes or other vulnerable structures should discuss and identify sheltering possibilities with nearby friends, neighbors, relatives, etc.,” said Gary Stockert. Stockert continued, “The best time to relocate to the shelter area that you’ve identified is during a tornado watch. Do not wait until a tornado warning is issued.” Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio to get your tornado watches and warnings as soon as possible. Even if you should happen to be sleeping, you can get the alert.
In a mobile home: Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The best place to shelter is in the center of the basement under a sturdy workbench or under the stairway. If you do not have a basement, go to the lowest level of a sturdy building and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible and avoid areas with exterior windows and doors. In a school or other large building, go to the lowest level and into a bathroom or a hallway near the center of the building. Stay away from large wide open rooms like an auditorium or gymnasium. For more information visit Tornado or call 701-222-6727.