Crucial Storm Safety Tips For Families With Children

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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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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

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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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Why You Should Invest in a Safe Room Right Now

The year is halfway done. And yet, The Weather Channel has already declared 2020 to be one of the deadliest tornado years in a decade!

As of now, 489 tornadoes have made a downfall in the U.S, with over 70 casualties reported. Four of those over 70 casualties resulted from tornadoes that were rated between EF2 and EF4.

Another factor that has contributed to loss of life is the occurrence of deadly tornadoes struck during the night. And since more people are sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more likely that this will increase the death toll in the future.

That is why we are urging people in tornado-prone areas such as Fort Worth, Dallas, and other regions of Texas to take the right step and invest in a tornado shelter safe room!

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A Short Guide on What to Do In Case Of a Tornado

If you’ve never experienced a tornado before, there’s a good chance that you’re not prepare to handle the havoc. Considering that as of May 2020, 489 tornadoes have already made landfall in the United States with more expected as the weather system moves into the monsoon region, you must get your affairs in order and make a safety plan in case matters take a turn for the worse.

For that, US Safe Rooms is here to provide you with a short guide for everything you need to do in case a tornado hits!

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