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Severe weather protection

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If you live in an apartment or mobile home, you may have limited access to a storm shelter.

In the event of severe weather, rather than getting into a car and driving to a shelter, the meteorologist we spoke with said it would be safer to stay inside.

"Being in your car is pretty dangerous if your close to a tornado," said Meteorologist Allan Gwyn. "If you get hit, you're going to get tossed through the air."

Mobile homes are also very vulnerable during tornadoes. Lew Bradshaw, the executive director of the Texas Panhandle Builders Association, said you should check with the owner of the mobile park to see if they have a basement or storm shelter for resident. He told us in many cases they are available.

If this is not an option, covering yourself with a mattress or blankets will help protect your body from flying debris. Wearing a helmet will also help protect you from injuries.

In an apartment, the best thing to do is get to the lowest floor. Stay away from windows and doors and get into the inner most room of the building, like a closet or bathroom.

Having an emergency kit with food, water, medical supplies and batteries is also a good thing to have on hand.

Colleen Nelson, NewsChannel 10.