Category Archives: Tornado Protection

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A Quick Guide to Surviving a Tornado

Category : Blog , Tornado Protection

A tornado is a column of air that extends from thunderstorms and rotates violently. While they can develop anywhere, they are particularly dangerous in North America. Every year, approximately 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, killing 80 people, injuring 1,500 people, and causing billions of dollars in damage.

Tornadoes can be terrifying, especially if you don’t know what to do. It is critical to know how to survive a tornado in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Here are some pointers.

Stay Alert

Since there’s a big difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, it’s important to know what each one means.

Determine the circumstance and determine when you should be aware and if you should act. Keep a watch out for outdoor sirens, but also keep a close eye on the television news. Turn on the radio as well for added security. Furthermore, keep your smartphone charged and notifications clear to ensure that you receive your alerts on time.

If there’s a chance of a tornado forming, keep an eye out for these signs:

  • Heavy rain or hail
  • Changes in wind speed and direction
  • Roaring clouds
  • Strong rotation in the cloud base

Get to a Safe Place if Outside

If you’re outside, seek shelter as soon as possible, and even then, make a wise decision. If you’re outside, keep a safe distance from overpasses, tight tunnels, trees, and free-standing items such as your car. If you find yourself in an indoor space, avoid the higher floors and head to an inside hallway.

Avoid going inside retail or department stores, warehouses, or any open area. Instead, seek out a small enclosed space much further away from the building’s outside walls.

Get a Safe Room

Those who live in areas prone to deadly storms and high wind tornadoes can notably benefit from safe rooms because they are designed to provide effective protection. Pack your stuff accordingly and equip your shelter with all the necessities that can help you last at least a few days in case there is excessive damage, and a rescue mission takes time to get you out.

Homeowners are also advised to deal exclusively with licensed contractors, which in the case of Texas is US Safe Rooms.

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US Safe rooms is a company that deals in exclusive steel above-ground storm shelters. We can attach safe rooms to your house and protect you from being injured by a tornado. We offer tornado shelters and community bunkers to clients in Arlington, Plano, Oklahoma, Dallas, and other areas of Texas. If you’re looking for an above-ground safe room or a tornado shelter room, contact us today.


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A storm struck a building

Survive an F5 Tornado: Choose a Go-To Shelter in Your House

Category : Blog , Tornado Protection

Your and your family’s safety is important in a time of extreme weather crisis. Do you have a go-to place in the house in case a tornado or severe hurricane strikes? To survive a tornado as violent as F5, National Weather Service (NWS) recommends an underground or lowest place possible at your home or building.

Read on to find the tips to identify your go-to shelter in the time of a tornado.

Interior Room

If you don’t have an underground safe space, you still have many options to survive an extreme tornado. Find the smallest and safest room in your house closer to the ground and farthest into the building. NWS recommends these options:

  • Hallways
  • Bathrooms
  • Spaces under stairwells
  • Closets

Underground Space

Your home’s basement serves as an adequate shelter in case of a tornado. Make sure that the stop you have picked isn’t beneath any heavy appliance or furniture, NWS notes. You can also get under sturdy furniture or stairwell for additional safety.

If your basement is not completely underground, find a place that is farthest from windows. For example, your home’s storm cellar can be used as a safe spot.

Once you’re in the shelter place, follow these guidelines:

  • Crouch down protect your head
  • Keep away from walkways, lobbies, atriums, or other large glassed areas if you’re outside your home
  • If you’re stuck outside, go to the nearest building for shelter
  • Keep a cell phone or flashlight if possible
  • For potential radioactive or chemical releases, choose a shelter above ground level
  • The crisis can last for hours. Be vigilant of seating arrangement
  • Remain in the safe space until the situation subsides
  • Once the situation clears, open your doors and windows for ventilation

Other Additional Options

The best way to keep you and your family safe is to build storm safe room in your house. Violent tornadoes like F5 can sweep off tall buildings. You should ensure the safety of your family with a specially built tornado shelter.

Get a custom-built tornado shelter room. These sturdy shelters are specially built to protect against extreme weather conditions and violent tornadoes. Storm safe rooms protect you and your family by increasing the chances of survival.

A storm shelter

You can invest in an in-ground or above-ground storm shelter, depending on your family’s needs. Safe Rooms US offers is a FEMA-recognized company that builds custom tornado shelters according to your needs. The size ranges from 4’x4′ to 10’x25′ and can accommodate your family.

Talk to a representative today and get your free estimate.


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Oklahoma City

3 Things to Consider Before Moving to Oklahoma

Category : Tornado Protection

Moving to a new state can be a tricky task if you have no prior experience. It’s a new place with new people and a culture that is somewhat but not entirely similar. It can be a daunting experience for some people. However, there are certain things one should consider before moving from one state to another.

Here are three things you should consider before finalizing your move to Oklahoma.

Cost of Living

One of the first and most important things to think about when switching states is the cost of living. You don’t want to be living in a place that is too expensive. Otherwise, you’ll spend all your money on rent expenses and bills. Luckily, Oklahoma is not one of those states. The low prices of homes make it affordable for people to own houses there.

Renting houses is also very cheap, and the rent prices are much lower when compared to other states. Also, groceries, utilities, food, and traveling expenses are all below average in the US. It is one of those states with the lowest cost of living, making it the ideal place to live.

Is It Suitable For You?

If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor adventures and activities, then Oklahoma is the right choice for you, but if you’re someone who enjoys hiking up mountains and going to sandy beaches, then you should reconsider your move. This is because Oklahoma is land-locked since it’s in the middle of the American prairie.

Although there are many things to do in Oklahoma, if your passion is to climb mountains or spend your day relaxing on a beach, this city isn’t for you.

The Weather

One of the most important things to consider when moving to Oklahoma is the unstable weather. Oklahoma is notorious for storms and tornadoes. Most states are hit by a tornado once a year, while Oklahoma gets around 55 tornadoes in a year. That is the second-highest amount of tornadoes in a state, with Texas topping the list.

If you’re considering moving to Oklahoma, getting a safe room should be a top priority so any unforeseen event can be avoided.

A tornado

Changing states is a huge task, but this should not distract you from the fact that there are certainly important factors to consider when making the decision. If you have decided to move to Oklahoma, getting a tornado shelter is highly recommended, and Safe Rooms US can help you.

We have been the leading provider of tornado shelters and safe rooms in Oklahoma for 25 years. Our shelters are approved by FEMA and ensure safety from the most dangerous of storms.

Contact us now and get a free estimate.


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unpredictable and dangerous

Why Tornadoes are So Difficult to Predict and Understand

Tornadoes are vertical columns of air that are generated in supercell storms and come in contact with the ground. They are classified as weather events and often minuscule compared to other more universal events, making them highly specific in their nature.

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Above-Ground Rowlett Safe Room Checklist for Homeowners

A safe room serves to protect you from the force of a disaster. For example, a safe room will protect you from the powerful winds of a tornado. However, when spending time in a safe room during a disaster, other things can harm you.

Hunger and boredom, for example, are two negative feelings that people may experience if they haven’t stored the essentials in their room. Here are some of the problems you may face in a safe room and how to solve them.

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Crucial Storm Safety Tips For Families With Children

Tropical storm Isaias, Hurricane Hanna, Potential Storm Nine—safe to say, the following months in the United States are going to be eventful.

With the weather system in the U.S. gearing up to be an extra tumultuous stormy season, homeowners are rushing to get the necessities, so they can hunker down, safe and sound. But for the parents among us with kids who will scream at every clap of thunder, this annual season requires even more care.

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woman on wheel chair

Tornado Preparedness With Special Needs Family Members

For anyone who has a family member with special needs, the sirens that ring in light of a tornado warning are the most horrifying sounds they can hear.

While tornadoes don’t typically strike without warning, it doesn’t take long for them to quickly become more devastating and move toward surrounding areas that weren’t originally in its path. This is why, even if you know a tornado watch was issued, you must take the right steps to help your special needs family member get to safety.

But how do you do so?

Here are some things you should know about.

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Schnauzer looking out the window, offset by dark, dreary weather

5 Ways to Look After Your Pets When a Tornado Strikes

When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, your first step is usually to take your kids and family members and find safety in a tornado shelter. But how do you secure your household pets during the scramble?

Countless heartwarming as well as heartbreaking stories of the aftermath of tornado disasters show us how multiple victims search for their pets in the debris of their homes.

Some find them do, while others don’t.

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