This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week focus on tornados

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(KELO)- Severe Weather Preparedness Week in South Dakota is April 17th through the 21st, a time to come up with a severe weather plan.

Peter Rogers with the Sioux Falls National Weather Service discusses your best option if you’re driving and in the path of a tornado.

A last resort would be to leave the vehicle and get down in a ditch or other low area.

Rogers emphasizes the importance of having a tornado shelter plan.

He says that shelter needs to be used for other wind events as well.

Tornado season peaks in the months of May and June.

Rogers also reminds we can go from blue skies to a severe thunderstorm in thirty minutes if the conditions are right.

The National Weather Service advises using Severe Weather Preparedness Week to do just that… get ready before severe weather hits.