Category Archives: Tornado Protection

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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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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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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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What Even Are Tornado Watches And Warnings?

If you’ve never had the misfortune to be in or near the path of a tornado, you may be a little confused as to what a tornado watch or tornado warning is and how it can help you get to safety.

A standard warning system in susceptible regions such as Texas, Oklahoma, and other states in the so-called Tornado Alley, tornado watches and warnings help people take action quickly, so they can get to safer quarters or prepare to do so, in case the weather conditions indicate that a tornado might hit.

Learning about Tornado Warning Systems

Tornado Watch

Tornado watches and tornado warnings are issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.

Tornado watches are commonly issued just about a few hours before a storm is predicted to hit. It’s meant to alert the people about a developing threat. But more often than not, it doesn’t require that people seek shelter immediately.

Instead, it usually requires people to gather the family inside, prepare food, water, and shelter, just in case, and to keep a close eye at the sky, and the local weather channel. Keep in mind, tornadoes don’t just appear out of thin air, whistling and twirling with dirt within a few seconds and without warning. Tornadoes form under certain weather conditions. Tornado watches simply inform the people that such conditions are developing.

Tornado Warnings

Tornado warnings are officially issued by the National Weather Service.

A clear message by the National Weather Service that a tornado was sighted, or that the weather radar is giving such indications should be taken seriously. Tornado warnings announce that there is a danger to property and life and people should seek shelter as quickly as possible. For those outside, this means finding shelters indoors near them. Do not stay in your vehicle. As for people at home, that’s where facilities like a safe room or a tornado shelter come in handy, especially if you have young children or older adults at home.

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Staying Protected During a Tornado

Several reports and research studies have shown that storm and tornado shelters save lives. For communities and households, tornado shelters provide the security we need to protect ourselves.

Tornado shelters are made with reinforced steel and are typically installed indoors. US Safe Rooms in Texas, offers tornado safe rooms Dallas and Fort Worth, for added security.

Whether it’s a tornado watch or warning, we always recommend that people seek shelter in the safe room or at least prepare it in case of a tornado watch.

If you receive any notifications for a watch or a warning, take the right step for your family and get to safety right away.


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How To Prepare For A Tornado Drill

Category : Tornado Protection

For people who have not encountered tornadoes in their life, their lack of preparation can push them into potentially dangerous situations.

Here’s a short essential guide on how you can implement tornado safety drill to keep yourself and your family safe.

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Crucial Safety Instructions for Families If a Tornado Hits

You’ve received the news online or on your cellphone that a tornado might be near. Now’s the time to take action.

Tornadoes are fearsome creations and can be extremely unpredictable. So, don’t even think about going out of the house, so that you can check or take a photo of a tornado coming by. Here are some things you should do if a tornado is imminent.

How to Stay Safe During a Tornado

–          Know the Difference Between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch is a sign to be prepared. This means that either a tornado could touch down in your area or it’s in the watch area. In such circumstances, you must gather all members of the house, gather blankets, wear jackets and bike helmets to protect yourself from any flying debris and wait, just in case.

With a tornado warning, you must take action. This means a tornado has touched down and could be headed your way. If you’re in a house, go to the lowest floor, or a room in the deepest part of the house, preferably a closet. If you’re in a mobile home, move to the closest shelter or facility to stay safe.

–          Create a Plan and Know Where to Go

If you don’t have a safe room already installed on your property, you may have a problem on your hands, especially if you have a bigger family.

Prevent injuries by identifying which areas of your home are safe. If you have a basement, head down there and use blankets or sleeping bags to cover everyone up. Do not go anywhere near the windows, water heaters, gas lines, or wires. If you have an emergency kit, do not forget to bring it with you. Also, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Also, keep battery-powered flashlights and a pack of new batteries as well as a battery-powered radio with you so that you can stay informed.

–          Take Shelter the Right Way

Cover all members of the family with the blanket or sleeping bag so that they can stay safe from debris or flying glass. If there’s a table where you’re keeping shelter, get under it. If you have pets, keep them in your arms and quiet so that their barking or wrangling doesn’t cause more problems. Also, if you have a small child, it’s best to use earplugs and keep their head down, so they don’t get scared.

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Taking Care of the Future

As a parent, there’s so much you have to deal with when preparing for a tornado. So, make things easier for yourself by investing in a safe room.

US Safe Rooms is a leading supplier of tornado shelters in Texas, providing services in Arlington, Plano, Rowlett, Fort Worth and others.

Get in touch with us by calling 469-629-6000 and get a quote for your custom steel tornado shelter. Keep yourself safe and protected from harm.


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Seeking Shelter during a Tornado: What to Pack for Your Emergency Kit

You just received a tornado warning, and you can already feel the monster coming near. The first and only task on the list is to get your family to safety in your newly-installed safe room.

But is it equipped to keep you comfortable? Given that you don’t know when it’ll be safe to come back out, most experts recommend equipping your tornado shelter with all the necessities you and your family will need for an extended period.

Here is a list of all the things we think are necessary for your safe room emergency kit:

Food and Water

You should have enough food and water to last at least 5–7 days, per person. Although this may seem too much, you have to be prepared if an F4 or F5 tornado were to make landfall.

Keep in mind that as of July 2020, more than 500 tornadoes have been confirmed in the United States, with 84 deaths confirmed. And we still aren’t through tornado season. So, according to your household, prepare your tornado shelter by rationing the following non-perishable items:

  • Canned chicken and fish
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned ravioli
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter and nuts
  • Beef jerky
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers
  • Pet food, if you have pets
  • Baby food, formula, clean bottles, etc., if needed

In addition to the above products, you’ll also need one gallon of drinkable water per day per person. And keep in mind that even water can expire, so keep an eye on the expiration date for each bottle. Additionally, buy disposable utensils, bowls, and glasses so that each person can have their own.

Clothing

With clothing, your main focus is to keep everyone warm. For that, prepare your shelter by storing the following in an airtight box, so they’re kept safe from any critters or moisture:

  • Work gloves
  • Bike helmets
  • Heavy shoes
  • Warm socks
  • Warm clothes such as jackets, hats, and gloves
  • Extra clothing if your clothing gets damaged

First Aid Kit

first aid kit

In addition to all the necessities for a first aid kit, other things you’ll need to pack beforehand include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • All prescription medication for each person of the family
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Instant cold compress
  • Antibacterial wipes

Sanitary Supplies

In addition to necessary sanitary supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and more, other things you’ll need, include:

  • Trash bags
  • Extra diapers and wipes
  • An extra trash bag for the diapers
  • Portable tissue boxes
  • Wet wipes

Preparing For the Season

Especially if you live in Tornado Alley or any of the surrounding areas, you must take the right step for your safety.

At US Safe Rooms, we encourage all customers to invest in tornado shelters and safe rooms, so they have a secure facility to move to in case of a tornado. So, why not put your savings to good use?

US Safe Rooms offers safe rooms in Texas and Oklahoma. Get in touch with us, and prepare for tornado season the right way.


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Preparing Your Tornado Safety Kit: Essentials to Have

Tornadoes are weather events that tend to be incredibly violent and unpredictable. These forceful columns of air tend to exert so much force they wreak havoc and damage things that are in their path, from cars to concrete structures.

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4 Tornado Safety Tips to Live by in Dallas

Dallas, TX sees several tornadoes each year, some being deadly, with multiple fatalities and damage, while others are less intense. However, there’s never any certainty about the potential outcomes of a weather event as unpredictable and as violent as these, which is why it’s crucial that you remain alert.

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Lesser-Known Facts You Need to Know about Tornadoes

You might remember from your 5th-grade lessons how tornadoes form and the destruction they cause. But, are you sure what you learned way back is enough?

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about tornadoes that have caused people injuries and even resulted in a loss of life. So, why not clear out this misinformation?

US Safe Rooms offers the following information to teach you some facts you may not know about tornadoes.

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