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Riding out the storm: basement vs. storm shelter

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Severe weather season is upon us and storms can hit at any time.

Officials say it's important to have a plan in place in case disaster strikes and they say this should include knowing where you will go to seek shelter.

When the sirens sound, it could leave you panicked if you don't have a plan, which is why officials say it's better to plan ahead.

Adams County Emergency Management director John Simon says a basement is a safe place to go, but some people may not realize it might not be the safest option out there.

"The advantage of a tornado shelter versus just a standard basement is that it's usually fully-encapsulated below ground,

said Simon. "Really what you're protecting from flying debris."

Whatever you do, Simon says you should have a plan to protect yourself from the debris.

Mark Lawrence, who builds FEMA-approved shelters says he would prefer an above-ground shelter.

"Where as an above ground the door swings in and if the event that something would happen that trapped the door you'd still be able to open that door, yell for help, and it'd just be moments before someone could clear the way to get you out," said Lawrence.

If you have no time and the storm is bearing down, Simon says laying flat on the ground will protect you better than standing up, since it protects part of your body from being hit or pierced by flying debris.

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