MOORE, Okla. (KFOR)-- This is a story about a family who does exactly the right thing when severe weather strikes.
Wednesday evening, thousands of people across Oklahoma watched closely as a tornado formed in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
One of those people was Jamie Sheppard, who decided to take cover with her 3-year-old son, Brayden, in their home’s closet.
“The windows were shattering out, the doors were opening and closing. It was the strangest smell, everything,” Sheppard said. “I just kept praying, ‘Please make it go away, please make it go away.’ Then it started getting quieter and quieter.”
When she came out of her home, she realized just how much damage was done.
“I’m really brave,” Brayden said.
Their truck, which was parked outside their home, was found down the street following the storm.
Also missing was a trailer that was going to be loaded with all of their personal belongings.
In just a few days, Sheppard’s family was planning to move from their home.
The trailer was found in pieces in a neighbor’s backyard.
“The tornado did that,” Brayden said.
The standard tornado precautions are the same-- no matter where you live. When a tornado warning is issued, you should always remain calm, and quickly move to the center of your home on the lowest floor. Stay as far away from windows as possible, and keep as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
Mobile homes and vehicles are the last place you want to be caught in a tornado-- even ones that are considered "weak" on the EF scale.
Many communities across the Tennessee Valley offer community storm shelters which can hold dozens of people.