It's severe weather season, and with the threat of damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes in the Tri-State you can never be too prepared.

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This is my first severe weather season since having my son. He's only 6 months old, and the thought of severe weather being anywhere near him quite honestly terrifies me.  I never used to be bothered by storms, but new mom anxiety is real!


I had heard before that if there's severe weather and a threat of tornadoes you should put your baby in their car seat, but I wasn't sure if that was true. Then I saw Princeton Firefighters share this safety tip.

Today on Facebook Princeton Area Firefighters Union Local 1634 shared the following:

With the predicted severe weather for our area today! Another great safety tip, in the event of a tornado, buckle your child in their car seat. It can offer just as much protection as being involved in a car crash. Always place as many walls between you and the tornado. Get low and stay low. Stay alert today, keep current on local weather announcements


Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Here are a few more tornado safety tips from the CDC, hopefully, we never have to put these tips to use, but it never hurts to be prepared.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

The CDC has a lot of great information about emergency preparedness, and what to do in the instance of a tornado, you can check out all of their tips, here.


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