Safety is primary during tornado season

Monday, April 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

April showers may bring May flowers, but it also means severe weather. And that has local officials urging people to prepare for threatening weather.

In the spring of 1993, a tornado ripped through Catoosa killing seven people. That storm, and others like it have prompted some to make sure they have a safe place in their homes. That includes installing a 'Safe Room', which has steel walls.

Ann Patton is the director of Tulsa's Project Impact Program. Her job is to work to make sure people are safe before disaster strikes. "Tulsa has one of the highest tornado risks in the world. But we don't have basements here so generally people who don't have places to go to find shelter."

Bob Roberts with the American Red Cross: "Talk to your family. Figure out where the safest place in your home is. A center room. The lowest level in the house. No windows. Think about the safest place to go."

Officials say it's important to put a disaster supplies kit in your home as well. It should include first aid supplies, bottled water and food, and a battery-powered radio to listen to weather updates.