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National Weather Service brings awareness of severe weather safety

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(WBNG) -- April 7 is Safe Place Selfie Day according to the National Weather Service.

People were encouraged to post selfies of themselves in their designated safe place they use during severe weather, such as a tornado, and post it on social media.

The point of the day is to bring awareness and to educate the public.

"Safe Place Selfie Day is basically a way to make sure everyone is aware of where to go when severe weather, whether it be winds [or] flooding," National Weather Service Binghamton Meteorologist Mitchell Gaines. "Those are two main examples coming up here in the spring and summer seasons of where to go and what to do should that weather hit."

In addition, to know where your safe place is, it is also critical to have some safety gear such as a helmet, shoes, flashlight, and a phone or radio.

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