Protecting your family during severe weather season

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 30, 2015) – Thursday is National PrepareAthon Day, a reminder that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere and to plan ahead.

Central Indiana is prone to specific threats this time of year, like tornadoes and flooding.

Additionally, earthquakes can happen any time, without warning.

If an earthquake strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, recommends dropping to your hands and knees, moving under something sturdy and holding on until the shaking stops.

Flooding can happen with a few inches or several feet of water, causing massive destruction, even fatalities.

Experts say, if flooding is a threat, listen to weather reports and don’t wait to evacuate.

As for tornadoes, FEMA says, make use of technology like smart phones, if possible, for weather reports and communicating after a tornado.

“What is the room in your house, if it’s a basement or the lowest, smallest room without windows, you’re going to get to?” said Gwen Camp with FEMA. “You don’t want to waste any minutes figuring that out when you only have a few moments to get to that space. You want to practice going to that space with your whole family, practice at work.”

Also, FEMA recommends talking to your insurance agent about what your plan does and does not cover.

Lastly, experts say to have a bag ready with enough emergency items for three days, like medication, important papers, cash, food and water.

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