Category Archives: Tornado Shelters

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Signs to Look Out for Before a Tornado Strikes

Tornadoes are highly unpredictable weather events and can be difficult to forecast in advance. However, thanks to the tireless work of weather experts, scientists, storm chasers, and the like, patterns have been observed and studied to help predict these weather events before they strike.

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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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3 Design Parameters That Affect the Cost of a Community Safe Room

The only thing common across safety rooms is their intended purpose: to provide safety. Beyond that, you’ll seldom find two safety rooms alike. They differ according to dimensions, number of uses, resistance, and more. These factors affect how much they cost and how well they fit your needs.

Here’s more about them in detail.

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4 Ways to Save for a Safe Room Installation

Storm safe rooms can be the difference between life and death when you’re living in a place like Texas that is hit by tornadoes so often. Year after year, tornado season wreaks havoc on locals across cities and towns like Arlington and Fort Worth, but investing in a storm shelter for your home can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Will Climate Change Affect Tornadoes In Texas?

It’s a devastating condition that took years in the making. But considering present circumstances, it’s clear that the world must become serious about combating climate change now when we still have time!

According to NASA, in addition to the increase of greenhouse gases, mismanagement of waste, pollution (all kinds), and more, the earth’s climate has changed dramatically in the past few decades. More so than what’s changed since humans began recording CO2 emissions and global changes!

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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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Things Pet Owners Should Know in Case of a Storm

According to a survey conducted by Banfield, a non-profit organization for pets and owners, 91 percent of pet owners aren’t prepared for the next natural disaster.

A concerning situation if there ever was one, this survey only cements the belief that our pets require a lot more care than what we’re giving them. Especially during this season of hurricanes, storms, and tornadoes, we must do what we can to protect them so that they can stay happy, healthy, and safe in our arms.

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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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Tornado Funnel

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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Tornado Watch And Toddler Care: How To Keep Children Calm During A Tornado

Even with a tornado shelter installed in your garage, which you were able to seal yourself in, just in time, being part of such a frantic, scary scenario is often scarring for children, something that dramatically impacts their recovery process.

So, how do you make sure that your child’s reaction to a tornado is collected and calm?

US Safe Rooms has some tips.

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