Before severe weather strikes take a #SafePlaceSelfie

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigate a two-vehicle crash that left several storm chasers dead Tuesday, March 28, 2017, near Spur, Texas. The storms spawned multiple funnel clouds and an occasional tornado in open areas of West Texas on Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened at a remote intersection near the town of Spur, about 55 miles southeast of Lubbock. (Ellysa Gonzalez/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – When severe weather strikes, it’s critical to know where your safe place is and go there.  That’s the goal behind a national social media campaign started by Weather Ready Nation ambassadors and supported by the National Weather Association.  It’s called #SafePlaceSelfie and WANE will be participating.

The initiative runs April 3-6, and anyone can participate.  Here’s what to do:

  • go to your safe place – if you don’t know where that is, reach out to our Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team for help
  • take a picture – get as creative as you want with as many people as you want
  • post it to any social media platform using #SafePlaceSelfie and tag Meteorologist Hannah Strong in your post (@WxStrong on Twitter, @weatherstrong on Instagram)

The goal is to help people learn where their safe place is so they can quickly go there during severe weather.   During the storm, when the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team is telling you to go to your safe place, it’s easy for panic to set in, and it might take you longer to get to safety.

The week ends with a live chat on Twitter where you can ask questions about severe weather safety and have them answered by experts in the field.