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What to do if severe weather hits while you’re camping

(July 29, 2014) -- Jonathan McNamara with the American Red Cross gave safety tips for campers caught in a storm like the recent tornado in Virginia that could have the potential to save a life.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Jonathan McNamara, a spokesman with the American Red Cross, told WTVR the best thing to do when a storm hits is getting to a secure structure.

“Now, this can be a bathroom, this can be an indoor shower or recreation space. Anywhere that allow you to put as many walls between you and the outside where there’s going to be debris — possible trees falling. So it’s important to have that safe places,” McNamara explained to WTVR.

McNamara said to WTVR if there’s no structure around — get to the lowest level possible — like a ditch. He added one of the biggest mistakes campers make during severe weather is taking cover in their RV.

To read the full story by WTVR, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.