Killer tornadoes remind Hoosiers of storm danger

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INDIANAPOLIS – Wicked weather is making headlines across the country. Over the past 48 hours, massive killer tornadoes tore through Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

It’s a terrifying reminder for all of us that severe storm season is here.

In Indiana, we’re not immune to twisters. You may remember last November a tornado hit a Starbucks in Lebanon off Interstate 65, and the pictures quickly went viral because the shop was packed with people. A massive tornado also touched down in Kokomo, damaging homes and injuring people.

Monday night was life-changing for families across the deep south, battling massive tornadoes for their lives.

“My heart goes out to these people. I’ve never had to live through it,” said Wayne Loudy, with the Indiana District 6 Medical Task Force.

Loudy isn’t taking any chances here at home. The team is prepped to answer the call if storms slam Hoosiers. They have ambulances and other supplies packed and ready to move.

“We never want to use it, but if we’re called up, we’ll be right there. We are ready to use it,” he said.

You should be on alert, too. Storm sirens are only designed to reach you if you’re outdoors. Experts advise packing an emergency kit with food, water, and flashlights. Also they tell you to make sure cell phones are fully charged.

The American Red Cross said their tornado app is a must-have. It gives you the power to send “OK” messages or tell crews if you’re trapped.

Bottom line, with severe weather season upon us, prep now so you’re ready if you have to run for your life.

We always see cell phone videos of people capturing tornadoes while behind the wheel. The National Weather Service said if you’re driving and can avoid a tornado, you should find shelter in a building. If you can’t, pull over and run to a low-lying area. They advise lying down and covering the back of your neck and head with your hands for protection.