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The Essential Storm Safety Checklist for Every Household

Storms can strike unexpectedly, leaving devastation in their wake. Being prepared can mean the difference between safety and harm for you and your loved ones. Whether it’s a thunderstorm, hurricane, or tornado, having a solid storm safety plan in place is crucial. Here’s a comprehensive storm safety checklist to ensure your household is prepared for whatever nature throws your way.

1. Create a Storm Safety Plan

Develop a detailed plan outlining what to do before, during, and after a storm. Assign specific roles to each family member and establish a meeting point in case you get separated. Practice your plan regularly to ensure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

2. Assemble an Emergency Kit

Gather essential supplies such as non-perishable food, flasks containing water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, and necessary medications. Keep your emergency kit in a designated area that is easily accessible to all family members.

3. Secure Your Home

Inspect your property for potential hazards and secure loose objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Trim trees and shrubs, and reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood. Consider investing in a storm shelter or tornado shelter for added protection during severe weather.

4. Stay Informed

Monitor weather forecasts regularly and stay informed about approaching storms. Invest in a NOAA Weather Radio or download a reliable weather app to receive real-time alerts and updates. Sign up for emergency notifications from local authorities to stay informed about evacuation orders and other critical information.

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5. Designate a Safe Shelter Area

Identify a safe shelter area within your home where you can take cover during a storm. Ideally, this area should be located on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, and preferably in a small, windowless interior room or closet.

6. Develop a Communication Plan

Establish a communication plan with family members, friends, and neighbors in case traditional communication channels are disrupted. Exchange contact information and establish a designated out-of-town contact person whom everyone can check in with to provide updates on their status.

7. Practice Electrical Safety

Unplug electrical appliances and electronics during storms to prevent damage from power surges. Avoid using electrical equipment such as computers or corded phones during thunderstorms, and never touch electrical equipment or cords if you’re wet or standing in water.

Are you ready to take the next step in ensuring your family’s safety during severe weather? Consider investing in a concrete storm shelter from Oklahoma Shelters. Our garage shelters for sale in OKC provide reliable protection against tornadoes and other extreme weather events. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today to learn more about our concrete storm shelters and take the first step toward safeguarding your family’s future.

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Concrete Vs. Steel: Which Storm Shelter Is Better?

Deciding the kind of safe room or storm shelter you want to build is one of the most important decisions you’ll take for your family’s safety. That’s why it’s best to be informed on what options you have given your unique requirements, i.e., number of family members, whether anyone has special needs, etc.

This blog will discuss the two most common materials used to build safe rooms across Oklahoma: concrete and steel storm shelters. After the comparison, you’ll know which shelter works best for you.

Deciding Your Specifications

To choose the right type of safe room, ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. Do I need an above-ground shelter or an underground one?
  2. Do I want my shelter to be installed indoors or outdoors?
  3. Do I want to save costs by buying cheaper materials?

Depending on your answers, we can recommend the type of material that would work best for your storm shelter. Keep reading to learn which material would suit your needs better.


Concrete is generally considered a heavy material and is readily used in construction because of this feature. As a result, it can withstand harsh winds without being too reliant on anchorages. Additionally, the density of concrete also makes it ideal for the outdoors as well as underground environments. And what’s more, is that it’s cheaper in comparison to other materials.

However, there are some serious downsides to using concrete in your storm shelters. For one, it’s a porous and brittle material which means water can seep through. This also makes it vulnerable to cracks, worsening the seepage issue. Due to this, using concrete to build your safe rooms oklahoma might not be the best idea if your area sees regular heavy flooding.


On the other hand, steel, while more expensive, is ultimately more durable due to its non-porous properties. Using steel to construct your storm shelter can thus be a desirable long-term investment, given its moisture resistance. Installing steel rooms is also relatively easier, takes up less space, and works for both outdoor and indoor spaces!

That’s why you can install a steel Storm Safe Shelters OKC underground or above ground.

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Have you decided on which kind of safe room you’d like installed? Call Oklahoma Shelters for concrete or steel Storm Shelter Expert OKC services and get the process started with a  free shelter quote on your property! We’ll take a quick assessment of where you’d like to install the Storm Safe Shelters OKC, take down the measurements, and get to installing. We can also build a custom shelter for you upon request.

For more information about our services, visit our FAQ page.


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Why Edmond Residents Need Garage Shelters to Keep them Safe

Located in Oklahoma, Edmond is a small city that sees multiple tornadoes each year, some of which are incredibly powerful. Residents in town need to focus on their safety and protection, prioritizing their well-being above all else.

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