Prepare for severe weather now, say experts

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A large, wedge-shaped tornado, was captured on video by storm chasers near Rochelle, Illinois on April 9, 2015.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 30, 2015) - Thursday is National PrepareAthon Day, a reminder that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere and to plan ahead.

Central Indiana is prone to specific threats this time of year, like tornadoes and flooding.

Additionally, earthquakes can happen any time, without warning.

If an earthquake strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, recommends dropping to your hands and knees, moving under something sturdy and holding on until the shaking stops.

Flooding can happen with a few inches or several feet of water, causing massive destruction, even fatalities.

Experts say, if flooding is a threat, listen to weather reports and don’t wait to evacuate.

As for tornadoes, FEMA says, make use of technology like smart phones, if possible, for weather reports and communicating after a tornado.

“For Indiana, we’re right in the middle of peak tornado season,” said Gwen Camp with FEMA. "It’s April, May and June, and knowing exactly where you’re going to go if a tornado does impact your area. So what is the room in your house, if it’s a basement or the lowest, smallest room without windows?”

Camp also said, before any natural disaster, have a plan with your family and practice it.

Also, FEMA recommends talking to your insurance agent about what your plan does and does not cover.

Lastly, experts say to have a bag ready with enough emergency items for three days, like medication, important papers, cash, food and water.

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