Storm Damage – When severe weather strikes, its best to be prepared with tips that can save your life. Preparing for tornado season in Oklahoma relies on safety precautions, along with having your home storm ready.
In all reality, a tornado can touchdown at any time during the year, but spring is known for severe weather. Ranging from Oklahoma City to the other side of the state, we’ve considered these tips to ensure your family and your family’s safety.
- Have a tornado drill or safety plan. Just like your child’s school or nearby offices, your household should have a plan at if any time a tornado was to touchdown near your area. The first thing in your mind is where you will go. Whether it’s having a storm shelter built on your property or going to a shelter, your family should have a designated shelter to go to.
- Knowing when to leave your home. You might think your home is steady and stable enough to withstand a tornado, but sometimes the wind is too strong to predict that. If you live in an apartment building or mobile home, it’s best to leave and find shelter elsewhere because you never know if the tornado will destroy it.
- Having a tornado kit ready. Just like a first aid kit, your home should have a tornado or severe weather kit readily available in case the power goes out for hours or even days. Your kit should include a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra clothes and shoes, along with matches and a spare set of car keys.
- Keeping up with the latest weather updates. The technology based on weather has become almost 100% accurate when it’s about a tornado and its rotation. Some of the signs to look for when expecting a tornado are:
- High winds
- Wall cloud with cloud rotation
- Dark or green sky
- Loud roars that often sound like a freight train
- What not to do. Although there are times when you have to pull the car over on the highway or you can’t leave your home, but there are acts that shouldn’t be performed such as never taking cover under a bridge or overpass, never going outside to watch the tornado, and never try to outrun a tornado.
Taking these precautions and preparing a plan for your family is the smartest thing to do in case of a tornado touching down in your area. Spring time is the best time to also check around your exterior of your home, such as the roofing system for loose nails, shingles or broken guttering system. Without a proper roofing system, your home’s roof could cave in, collapse or be blown off by strong winds that stir up by a tornado.
Contact Roofscapes Exteriors for a roofing inspection today!