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Simple Checklist for Family Safety During a Storm

With the increased possibility of dangerous storms hitting the Mid-West, North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and more, it makes good sense to review steps to take in the event a sudden tornado-laden storm approaches your home. It's true, that tornadoes can also bring with it large hail, recently seen in the Colorado storms of this year in addition between 150-300 miles-per-hour wind speeds and flying debris. The best defense against severe storms and weather like this is to prepare for it.

The first is to keep the communication line available. This would include local news radio and television as well as the internet access if possible to be aware of approaching storms. It's always best to keep a battery-powered radio available in case the power goes out. A couple of weather news organizations that are good to check are:

  1. NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. National Weather Service
  3. National Weather Service Doppler Radar
  4. Then of course check your local news organizations

Next, of course would be to have a safe place to take shelter from the on-coming storm. Whether you choose an internal personal safe room or exterior, in-ground concrete shelter for protection, make sure that it has been certified and impacted tested to meet the following standards:

  • ATSA (American Storm Shelter Association
  • NSSA (National Storm Shelter Association)
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
  • ICC-500 (International Code Council)
  • IBC (International Building Code)

Lastly, have some ready and available supplies in your safe room or storm shelter including bottled water, batteries and flashlights, battery-powered radio. For more information about a storm preparedness plan and checklist, visit the following and stay aware.

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