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.
For more information, click here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
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.