Tuesday's storms are another reminder that tornadoes can strike in just a matter of moments, and area emergency managers are using those storms as a chance to make sure the public knows what to do during severe weather.

Cass County Emergency Manager Jim Prochniak has tips on what to do in the event of a tornado or severe thunderstorm:

  • If you don't have a basement or storm shelter, take refuge in the lowest and innermost hallway or room without windows
  • If you're not home, stay in whatever building you're in and find a safe spot
  • If there aren't any buildings nearby, a low ditch can be your best bet for staying safe
  • If you live in a mobile home, it's best to stay with a relative if you know bad weather is coming
  • Grab blankets or a mattress as cover — if you have time

Above all be proactive, Prochniak said. By the time severe weather arrives, it's already too late.

"(You) have to develop that plan well in advance," Prochniak said. "(You) can't be doing it at the time that the sirens are going off."

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One way to stay ahead is by signing up for weather alerts through the CodeRED Emergency Notification System.

The service provides the public with call, text or email alerts from government and safety officials about severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, or flash flood warnings.

You can sign up from the free alerts on the Cass County website.