Camping Safety Tips for Upcoming Severe Weather Threat

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Campgrounds in the area are packed the last few weeks of July, as summer weekends are winding down before the start of the new school year.

A deadly tornado, that ripped through a Virginia campground earlier in the week calls attention to summer safety.

A mom and dad were killed and 36 campers injured in a site that had more than 1,300 campers registered for a few days of rest and relaxation along the Chesapeake Bay.

On Friday night, WSAZ Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier made the trip to campgrounds in our region to offer tips to campers in case of severe storms.

“Plan ahead. It’s important to map out the safest structures near your campsite” Cavalier said. “Inside is better than outside, but tents and campers aren’t made to withstand such strong winds.

Here’s are Camping and Severe Weather Survival Tips
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  • Flying debris is your No. 1 risk.
  • Tents/camper offer false sense of security.
  • Your safer outside tent/camper in a ditch or ravine.
  • Safer places: campground bathrooms or other permanent structures.
  • Leave immediately when weather turns bad.

Cavalier also suggests calling ahead to see if there’s cell service at your weekend playground, so you can get weather alerts on your phone. If not, he recommends taking a portable weather radio, to keep you up-to-date on any severe weather risk.

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