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Be ready when severe weather happens

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It's storm season in Michiana.

The American Red Cross, says there are three things to always keep in mind..whether the weather is bad or not. "Have a kit, have a plan and stay informed," says Gina Robinson of the St. Joseph Chapter of the Red Cross.  She says to head right for the lowest floor of your house, preferably to your basement and in the center most room well away from windows. But, she says having an emergency kit, is just as important.

Here are some ways you can make sure you're prepared all season long, for severe weather:

- FOX28's weather team says to stay in a center room, away from windows during severe weather.

- A mobile home is never a safe place during a storm.  Make sure you know where the nearest storm shelter is BEFORE the storm hits.

- Have a home kit ready. Include a supply of water, a fully charged cell phone with your FOX28 weather App (available for iOS and Android), a working weather radio and three days supply of medications and food. Doug Farmwald, emergency coordinator at the Saint Joseph County Red Cross chapter, says also have a pair of shoes in your kit. If a tornado strikes, you will want something to protect your feet when you are finally able to wander around outside. He says your kit should also have a copy of important papers such as your drivers license or identification.

- Entertainment can often be forgotten about, but if you're going to be in your basement for an indefinite amount of time.  Have some games on hand to keep busy.

- It could be hours before it's safe to go back upstairs.  When it comes to little ones, be ready to address the bathroom issue.

- During a severe weather threat, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled.

- If your pet escapes during a storm, check in with your Humane Society.

-Have an action plan. Know how you will get in touch with relatives. Farmwald says phone lines could be tied up in a disaster situation so make plans to text.

Farmwald says these tips are very basic, but too often neglected. "It's just human nature that we don't want to think about preparing for the worst. It can happen in this area and it does and statistically we're a little bit overdue. Just a few simple steps will go a long way in improving your chances."

FOX28's Amanda Johnson is out talking with more experts about what do in the case of a weather emergency. Check in with FOX28.com throughout the day for more on how to be prepared.

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