Last minute preparations before a First Alert Weather Day

Last minute preparations before a storm strikes

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Based on weather data still being collected, Alabama leads the country in the number of tornadoes that have touched down this year.

The WSFA First Alert Weather team is closely monitoring another potentially powerful system that’s expected to move into our viewing area Thursday night into Friday morning.

There’s no way to stop a storm, but you can prepare.

Make sure you have multiple ways to get alerts, especially since Thursday’s system will come when many are asleep.

“Have some kind of device that will wake you up if there’s some kind of tornado warning,” said Geneva County Emergency Management Agency Director Misty Wise.

Wise says they county worked Wednesday to make sure the outdoor weather sirens are ready, but stressed to also rely on a weather radio and follow local weather reports on your television or your phone.

Should a tornado warning be issued for your area, know your safe and go to it. It’s recommended you move to an interior most room to put as much space between you and the severe weather outside.

According to the CDC, most deaths in a tornado are caused by head injuries. Some recommend wearing a helmet to protect your head during a storm - think hard hat, bike helmet, or even a football or baseball helmet. It’s also suggested you wear shoes while hunkering down in your safe space - just in case you find yourself having to walk through debris after the storm passes.

With 24 hours to prepare - you’re urged to be proactive for what could come.

“Lights, batteries, gas can for generators, water,” said Chris Matthews a department head at Home Depot.

A mobile home is not considered a safe space to hunker down during a storm. If you live in a mobile home, go ahead and get in contact with a relative or friend about spending Thursday night with them.

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