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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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The United Nations states that people with disabilities are two to four times more likely to get injured or die in a natural disaster. Yet, despite this concerning fact, businesses and communities have not taken adequate measures to accommodate their disabled community.
Even with underground or aboveground shelters, the industry has only recently started taking steps to build accessible, safe rooms and bunkers for disabled homeowners.
At US Safe Rooms, our shelters are customizable, so we can make as many changes and modifications to the structure as required. But, for those homeowners who haven’t swapped their tornado safe rooms with accessible shelters, the danger is still there.
Handling Tornado Safety as a Disabled Homeowner
For people with disabilities or medical conditions, tornado preparedness involves more than just gathering their bags and loved ones and heading into the tornado shelter.
Here are some tips people can follow if they or a loved one in the house have a disability or medical condition:
– Always keep a bell, flashlight, or whistle nearby to signal other people in case of an emergency.
– For those living in apartment buildings, check accessible exits, and run a drill every month, so you know the safest method to follow.
– Check for fire safety instruments in the house and make sure all fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and flashlights are in proper working order.
– Install an alarm outside that has a strobe light to alert the neighbors in the community
– Keep alternative options for communication at hand, such as a dry erase board, markers, or a writing tablet.
– Stockpile all emergency supplies such as medication, drinkable water, non-perishable goods, flashlights, batteries, a workable weather radio, pillows, and blankets.
– If you use a life support system, or other power-dependent equipment, like a battery-operated wheelchair, get in touch with the power company or the hospital so you can figure out an alternative method to stay safe.
– For homeowners who require extra oxygen, specific food, and medication, keep a list of all the medical devices you need, their type and serial numbers, and store them in a tornado shelter beforehand.
– For homeowners with guide or hearing dogs, keep water and food in addition to other items stocked separately.
Invest in a Tornado Shelter
US Safe Rooms offers tornado and storm safe rooms in Texas, including Dallas, Sherman, Denison, Plano, and Fort Worth, among other areas.
Get in touch with us and let us help make your home safer by incorporating an aboveground tornado shelter in the vicinity of your home. Call us today at 469-629-6000.