Spring is a season of rejuvenation and beauty, particularly in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK. However, with spring comes the advent of high storm season. During this time, tornado preparedness becomes a family affair. It's critical to educate your kids about tornado safety procedures to mitigate chaos and ensure their safety in the event of a tornado.
Understanding the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning is an essential part of tornado education for children. A tornado watch signifies that the conditions are ripe for a tornado and thus requires keen vigilance. A tornado warning, on the other hand, means that a tornado has been spotted, either visually or via weather radar, requiring immediate protective action. Open communication plays a crucial role in your tornado family plan, especially during a tornado warning. Clarify to your children what these terms mean and rehearse what actions should be taken in each scenario. This will not only prepare them but also reduce panic during a tornado event. Equip your kids with knowledge, like where your family's disaster recovery plan is located and the contents of your emergency kit. Remember, clarity and readiness can go a long way in ensuring your family's safety during a tornado. At Ground Zero Shelters, we firmly believe that tornado preparedness is an ongoing conversation and practice. Continue to educate your children and reinforce the safety measures in place. With comprehensive planning and continuous dialogue, we can ensure our kids are prepared to respond to tornados and other natural disasters confidently and calmly.
Open conversations about tornados and other natural disasters are key components of tornado preparedness. Empower your children with knowledge; this means teaching them the safest places in your home during a tornado warning - typically the lowest level, far from windows. Discuss your tornado family plan extensively, including what steps they should take if you're separated during a storm and how to reach you or other designated emergency contacts.Handling the aftermath of a disaster is equally crucial. Encourage questions and feelings about tornados, helping your children process their emotions to mitigate fear and anxiety. Remember, knowledge isn't just power—it's safety. Ground Zero Shelters also recommends using additional resources for tornado education. FEMA’s website, for instance, offers a wealth of information geared towards kids. Simply search "tornado safety for kids" to find age-appropriate tips, advice, and learning tools that can aid your disaster recovery plan. Together, we can ensure our children are equipped with the knowledge they need to stay safe during tornados and other natural disasters.
As residents of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, we understand the risks that come with living in Tornado Alley. At Ground Zero Shelters, we're committed to helping you safeguard your family by offering the power of preparation. We design storm shelters that withstand the harsh conditions of tornados, providing a secure refuge for your family during a storm. These robust shelters are part of a comprehensive tornado family plan designed to foster confidence and safety when the sky turns dark. We extend our services beyond providing physically secure spaces. We recognize that the best defense is a well-rounded approach to tornado preparedness that includes education and planning. Our resources will guide you in developing a disaster recovery plan tailored to your family's needs, ensuring that even the youngest members understand their role during a tornado event. From understanding the difference between a tornado watch and warning to knowing the items essential for an emergency kit, our tornado education resources ensure you're equipped with the necessary knowledge to navigate a tornado safely. Contact Ground Zero Shelters today to explore our storm shelters and access our comprehensive resources. When it comes to tornado preparedness, we're truly in this together!
A tornado can have winds up to an incredible 300 mph and have a path of up to 50 miles! They strike with little warning, so we cannot stress enough how important it is to prepare! Below we give you tips as to what to do before, during and after a tornado hits.
Do you know your tornado warning signs? The first thing you should learn is how to identify a tornado and understand the following facts:
There is not a house out there that can withstand a direct hit from a tornado, but shoring up your house can help it survive if it's in the tornado's path. Just as important is having a safe space for your family to hunker down during the tornado. This includes basements, outdoor underground shelters, safe rooms and garage shelters. Below are some tips you should use as an emergency preparedness guideline.
Have a well-stocked first aid kit, flashlights and plenty of batteries ready to go in your shelter (see our tornado shelter supply checklist here).
You should do the following if conditions are right for a tornado in your area:
If a tornado does take place, and you were forced to leave your home – or if it has been severely damaged from the tornado – wait for authorities to give the all-clear to re-enter. Then do the following:
For all you business travelers out there - do you know what to do if you're on the road and tornado sirens go off? Developing some emergency weather know-how ahead of time can help protect you and your co-workers while traveling.
Tornado Alley is considered the most tornado-prone region in the country. However; it is important to remember that tornados can occur in almost any state. The months of April through June are considered the height of tornado season in most places.
Smart business travelers make it a standard practice during high storm season to check out tornado warnings and watches. The brief amount of time this takes can make the difference between being caught in tornado-level winds and being safe in a secure shelter.
Experienced travelers who have been through tornado watches and warnings may be able to recognize a tornado-ready sky. It is often tinted green and the atmosphere is usually humid and heavy.
But in order to ensure severe weather preparedness, every traveler should take the time to watch the news and weather forecast, go to weather sites online or look for smart phone apps that show the weather at a glance. It also is smart to get in the habit of monitoring severe weather advisories. The NOAA's National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services is a great place to start.
Below are some other tips on how to stay safe from severe storms while traveling.
What is the warranty policy? Some may offer 5-10 years, others a lifetime. What is a good warranty?
Ground Zero has been installing storm shelters for over 10 years and we have a lifetime warranty that covers against leaking, floating, or manufacturing defects on all underground or above ground garage units. Remember, a lifetime warranty is only good as long as the company is around to honor it.
What type of ventilation do storm shelters have?
Ground Zero’s tornado shelters have different ventilation depending on the model. Our underground garage units have 360 degrees of passive ventilation around the back lid / cover (it is lifted up slightly to provide adequate ventilation). It also has two hand holes that can work as vents as well. The above ground safe rooms have two vent holes cut into the door that allows air to flow easily as well as ventilation around the entire door. Our outside underground concrete units come with a 6” wind turbine and a 6” vent for ventilation.
Don’t wait any longer! Keep your family safe by ordering a storm shelter today.
We're focused on helping families stay safe during storms and tornadoes because our family has been impacted by tornadoes. We live and work in areas that suffer from major storms and tornadoes, and four generations of our family have been involved in the storm shelter business. We've been installing safe rooms in the Little Rock area for years, which means that our installers have the experience and knowledge of the area that you expect!
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