Preparing for possible tornadoes

COLUMBIA (WACH) - With a very serious storm system moving our way, you may be wondering what you would do if a tornado touched down here in the Midlands.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division suggests you stay prepared by having a NOAA certified weather radio in your home to alert you to severe weather.

NOAA weather radios can be purchased at many electronics stories, department stores, and sporting goods stores.

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They also suggest you have enough supplies like water and non-perishable food to last you for at least a couple of days.

And if a tornado does touch down in your area, it's important to plan where you will take shelter in your home.

"If you're looking for a place to go in your home, it will be the central-most area of your house. That's away from any windows and doors. Typically, a central hallway or a central bathroom. Getting in the bathtub is a good idea." says Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Typically, tornadoes in South Carolina are only on the ground for a few seconds, so preparing ahead of time is key in case you don't have much warning.