Kids often practice tornado drills at schools, but what about at home? Do they know where to go in your house if there is a tornado warning?
All of the recent storms and tornado warnings in Georgia bring up childhood memories for me of dealing with the threat of similar storms when my parents were not at home.
Both my mom and dad worked and often my older brother was in charge after school. I can remember seeing the tornado warnings coming on the TV while we were watching cartoons.
We didn’t have a basement, but I remember being told by my parents to go to the center hall bathroom on the ground floor in case of a tornado warning. There were no glass there and no exterior walls.
That lesson stuck with me. I remember in my first house, which also didn’t have a basement, hiding with my toddlers in the closet under the stairwell. There was no glass or exterior walls.
In our second house we always told the kids to go to the basement if there were ever bad storms. We did it a couple of times during the three years we spent in that house.
So have you given your kids the big tornado talk at home? Do they know the safest place in the house to go if there is a tornado warning? Do you think they would go there if you were not at home? Do you practice tornado and fire drills in the house?
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