The tornadoes that dropped down near North Platte and Valentine are a stark reminder of why preparation is so important.
Michelle Homme is part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Sarpy County and says its all about preparing months in advance.
“Once you start preparing it is something that is going to become a part of your life, so that when it does occur you won’t be in chaos mode,” says Homme.
She took us into her home to show us how to prepare if a tornado hits. The safest place to go is a basement because there are no windows.
But if you don't have one a bathroom is the next best place.
“If you have a tub in that interior bathroom great go there,” says Homme.
“Make sure you cover yourself, especially if the tornado sirens are going off.”
She also recommends being prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours after a severe storm. During this time it’s smart to have extra toiletries, clothing, and cash.
Also make sure to keep your important documents in a safe place.