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Where should I take cover if a tornado is spotted near UNCW?

Julian March

For advice on tornado safety, visit the NOAA Severe Weather Awareness page.

If you are outside, take cover. If you can’t reach a building, crouch or lie in a low-lying area like a ditch, said Lt. James Watkins of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Police Department.

At the university, all buildings have floor plans.

“We all have designated safe areas where people should go,” Watkins said. “Always first floor, always interior spaces.”

Kristen Wingenroth, a New Hanover County emergency management specialist, said people need to be prepared early.

“If they’re at home, they need to stay home,” she said. “They need to have a tornado plan for their home. A bathroom or closet is the best place.”

She also recommended people check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website for further advice.

You may have heard people say it is good to open windows to equalize pressure in the event of a tornado. “Don’t do it,” NOAA advises. “If the tornado hits your home, it will blast the windows open anyway.”

That advice is from the NOAA’s tornado safety and preparation frequently asked questions page.

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