Spring is the season for severe weather, so being prepared is key. If Civil Defense Sirens are activated or you are directed by apartment staff, please observe these SAFETY RULES: Proceed to the lowest level of your building as far away from windows as possible, or seek one of the storm shelters located at the ends of the garages on the north and south sides of the property.
The following is recommended during severe weather conditions:
- If you hear distant thunder or see a flash of light, get indoors immediately. Seek shelter from sturdy buildings. Go down to either the basement or a room that is in the center of the building. Stay away from windows.
- You can stay in a car if that is your only option, but do not touch any metal on the car.
- If you cannot find shelter, stay away from tall, isolated objects such as trees, poles, or posts. Make sure you are not the tallest object by crouching down. Keep your head down. Do not lie flat on the ground and try to keep out of puddles or standing water.
- Do not use a phone or a computer. Do not take a shower or wash dishes.
- If you are under a Tornado Warning, seek shelter immediately! Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. Go to the center of an interior room away from windows, doors, and outside walls. If applicable, get under something sturdy and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- If you are in a vehicle, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.
- If you are outside with no shelter, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Watch out for flying debris.
Information provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)