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A Checklist for Preparing Your Home for a Storm in Norman

With an annual average of about 67 twisters, Oklahoma is the third most tornado-prone state in the country. While April, May, and June are peak months for tornadoes in Oklahoma, twisters can strike at any time of the year.

Tornadoes and other severe weather conditions are on the rise due to climate change, and their frequency and destructive potential will only increase in the future. Tornadoes can cause significant damage, so it’s important for Norman residents to take precautions.

Read on for advice on how to prepare your home for a storm:

Ensure Your Windows And Doors Are Impact Resistant

Strong winds, which may reach speeds of 250 mph, are capable of picking up even massive things and hurling them toward surrounding buildings. Impact-resistant windows and doors are a good investment for anyone living in areas prone to storms since they protect from flying debris.

Ensure Your Gutters And Drains Are Unclogged

It’s important to have a functioning gutter or drain where all the rainfall from storms can be drained to. If your gutters and drains get blocked, water will make its way into your home. Those who live in hurricane-prone locations, in particular, should make it a habit to clean their gutters and drains regularly.

Invest in Storm Safe Shelters in Norman

If you live in a hurricane or tornado-prone location such as Norman or anywhere in Oklahoma, you may want to get a concrete storm shelter to use as a safe haven during the storm. Residents require secure areas to take refuge in, away from the path of flying debris caused by winds of up to 250 miles per hour.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all tornado shelters be constructed to at least an F4 standard. Families may prepare for hurricanes with the help of hurricane-warning systems, but they have just minutes to seek cover from oncoming tornadoes because of the lack of notice.

In underground bunkers or storm shelters, homeowners and their families in Oklahoma can take refuge from the state’s frequent and powerful tornadoes and hurricanes. Moreover, whether you want to remain in your home or sell it in the future, you’ll benefit from the added value that an in-ground or above-ground storm shelter may provide to your property.

A woman standing near a house detroyed by a tornado.

Tornado Shelters And Storm Safe Shelters in Norman That Exceed FEMA Standards

Oklahoma Shelters has been constructing storm shelters in the Oklahoma area for over seven years. Our concrete storm shelters, underground garage storm shelters, underground bunkers, and safe rooms all surpass the requirements set out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If you’re looking for a storm shelter expert in Oklahoma City, call us immediately for a free consultation.

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