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Safety First: What Not to Do When a Tornado Strikes

When a disaster or emergency such as a tornado strikes, it’s easy to give in to the panic and make decisions based on sheer instinct—and misinformation. There’s a lot of dangerous knowledge and several harmful myths surrounding tornadoes and how to deal with them.

When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no room to experiment or take chances. They could cost you or a loved one of your life.

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Modern technology and science have allowed us to test and develop safety measures such as our underground bunkers and storm safe shelters that offer protection against debris and other dangers, amid tornadoes. However, it’s important that we do away with the most dangerous practices and advice people still deem true. Be mindful of the following:

Do not take tornado warnings lightly.

You should take every warning, siren, alert very seriously because they’re never exaggerations. Even if the threat or danger isn’t as serious as expected, don’t ever dismiss it. When the warning or alert is issued, please take any and all safety precautions instead of going about your day as usual.

Even tornadoes that are not predicted or expected to be very powerful can cause immense damage and fatalities, both directly and indirectly.

Stay indoors and away from windows.

Don’t underestimate the danger of a tornado or hurricane. If you find yourself unable to access or reach your safe room or shelter, run for the nearest indoor space and lay low. Hide under tables, run to the basement, stay away from doors and windows.

In fact, do not open your windows either. This is another common belief that implies opening windows balances air pressure. Instead, it only lets debris fly into the home, risking your safety.

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Never be unsure of your shelter place.

You always need an emergency and backup plan in place. Make sure everyone in your home knows it too. Anything can happen to anyone, but you should always have access to your personal shelter, and a backup plan in case you’re at work, school, or anywhere else.

If you’re too far to make it home in time, don’t risk being stranded outdoors. Instead, do as mentioned above by getting to the lowest-lying indoor space or room wherever you are.

Forget about staying under an overpass.

An incredibly dangerous misconception suggests that people seek shelter in their cars by parking under an overpass. The debris and force of the tornado, the bridge collapsing, colliding into other vehicles, are only some of the dangerous scenarios that could lead to fatalities. Once more, seek shelter in a secure above or underground bunker that is designed to withstand the force of these acts of nature.


Whether you’re in Oklahoma City or in Norman, we’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate and consultation regarding choosing a shelter that’s right for you. Both cities have banned community shelters, so your best bet is to invest in one for your home. Contact us to learn more!

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