Protecting Your Family During a Heavy Storm: A Guide
Category : Oklahoma Storm Shelters
Storms are unpredictable. However, they can cause a significant amount of damage and destruction if not dealt with adequately. Protecting your family members should be your priority when you suspect a storm is heading your way.
Here’s a checklist of things you must do to keep you and your loved ones safe from a heavy storm.
Make an Emergency Storm Kit
The first thing you should do is create an emergency storm kit. Storms can hit anytime. Therefore, it’s best to have everything at hand when you need to get through the storm, regardless of its extent. Whether it’s just a heavy thunderstorm, a hurricane, or even a tornado, you must ensure you have a kit with all the essential supplies prepared and ready to go as you seek immediate refuge.
Some of the things you must include in your emergency kit are water, a phone charger, blankets, medical supplies, and flashlights. In other words, keep everything you need to ensure everything is taken care of. Place the kit at an easily accessible location so that you can carry it wherever you want when the storm is about to hit.
Plan an Evacuation Path
While it’s best to seek refuge and take protective measures (while staying put when you receive a weather alert from your city officials), sometimes severe conditions may require you to leave your home. Therefore, it’s good to have a safe evacuation path in mind that’ll make it easier and safer for you and your family members to escape the house and relocate to another place.
Designate a Safe Room
The best strategy to ensure everyone’s safety during a storm is to make the most out of your designated safe room. This room should be your go-to location during heavy storms and must not have any doors and windows.
While you can use an interior room or a basement as a designated safe room, it’s safe to install an easily accessible steel safe room. It’ll be the best spot for you and your family to take cover. Remember to pick a FEMA-compliant safe room and assess its size and ventilation before you let a shelter company install it.
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