Evaluate Your Storm Shelter Plans

by admin on May 24, 2011

Nationally this Spring season, many tornadoes have caused great devastation specifically in Tuscaloosa Alabama and Joplin Missouri.  No one anticipated the magnitude of the damaging weather as so few are prepared for tornado strength winds that come so quickly with a storm.  Our safety can never be guaranteed.

Here are some tips that will help ensure you are ready for inclement weather conditions in the future. These tips are useful both at home and the office:

Evaluate your Storm & Tornado Shelter:

In the event of a storm, identify your “Safe Room” or Storm Shelter. Also known as a tornado shelter, generally a good storm shelter area is an interior room on the first floor or your home or office with no windows such as a bathroom, storage room or closet. Rooms with only one door and no windows are well suited for safe rooms. The best shelters are fully engineered and well-built structures above the ground or underground but typically out of the influence of water and severe wind. Storm shelters can be made out of concrete, steel or reinforced fiberglass and should adhere to guidelines set up by FEMA. Identify potential shelters in your area or within your home. Considerations include:

• The number of people that need to fit inside.
• Determine whether anyone has special medical needs.
• Make a plan for your pets or larger animals.
• If you want to use the storm shelter for longer term emergency use determine how much food and water storage space is needed, as well as accommodations for electricity, bedding, lights and toilet facilities.
• Communicate your PLANS to take shelter in this room in the event of a direct hit!

Trim your trees regularly:

Many people put off the hassles of tree trimming because it may be too expensive or they simply forget. Trimming trees is a necessity because it helps promote tree growth and diminish potential safety hazards. We recommend hiring a professional arborist to shape your trees and cut problematic limbs.

Consider purchasing a generator:

Next time your home or business loses electricity, be prepared with a generator. When determining which generator is right for you, have an electrician estimate the total wattage of the appliances/devices in your home or business. If you want to try and approximate the wattage on your own, remember that Volts x Amps = Watts. Electricians advise purchasing a generator with a capacity of 20 percent more than your wattage requirements.

Create an emergency kit:

Finally, make sure you have an emergency kit prepared. Make sure the kit has a first aid kit, water, a flashlight and extra batteries. In terms of food, include some non-perishable items along with a can opener. It’s always helpful to include a NOAA weather radio.

Always keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your home knows how to use them.

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storm shelters July 3, 2011 at 1:47 am

If you have any questions about storm shelters or safe rooms, we encourage you to check out our website, OKStormShelters.com. We look to educate the public with our blog ranging from general tornado information to safety tips.

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