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Tornado Safe Homes

By: Julie Kohl
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Tornado Safe Homes

By: Julie Kohl
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Tornado warnings are a blessing of modern technology and have saved countless lives since the first warning was issued in 1948. Preparation is still a significant factor and merely having a warning system isn’t enough unless we take necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our homes as much as possible.

No one wants to think about their home being hit by a tornado. The destruction can be devastating and even deadly. But planning can make it easier to pick up the pieces if a tornado does hit your home–it might even save your life.

The best time to plan for a tornado is long before watches or warnings are ever issued. If you are involved in your home building process, you can even include safety measures during construction. If you’re moving into existing construction, there are still things you can do to protect your family.

Tornado Safety in New Construction

When building a home, there are so many things to consider. In addition to selecting the right paint color or the perfect countertops, you need to consider ways to make your home safe for your family.

Tornado-Resistant Construction – Homes can be built in such a way that they can withstand high winds. You want to discuss this with your builder but methods to consider include:

Tornado Safety in Existing Buildings

When it comes to tornado safety in an existing home, there may not be much you can do to change the structural integrity. Still, you can make some critical decisions regarding selecting the best refuge area within your home.

Safe Room Construction

Safe rooms can be in-residence or stand-alone structures attached to or near an existing home. These rooms have “hardened” walls and are designed to meet FEMA engineering guidelines and protect against wind forces and the impact of wind-borne objects.

Storm Shelters

Storm shelters and safe rooms are similar, but safe rooms must meet stricter standards set by FEMA. Storm shelters are often less expensive and are a great option if you cannot alter your home construction. You can have tornado shelters installed inside your home, in a garage, or in your yard and they can be above or below ground. Just like safe rooms, storm shelters are designed to provide “near-absolute protection” against tornadoes.

A Few Safety Tips

Once you have determined a refuge area or build a safe room or storm shelter, it’s important to be prepared for weather events.

Arkansas Shelter Companies

Check out one of these manufacturers or installers to get a quote for a storm shelter or safe room.

Arkansas Storm Shelters – Russellville
4142 East Main St
(479) 967-7233

Cozy Caverns Storm Shelters – Austin
135 Parris Ln #9111
(501) 920-7460

Tornado Shelter Systems – Beebe
2414 Dewitt Henry Dr
(501) 941-1005

Little Red Storm Shelters – Heber Springs
247 Cut Off Ln
(501) 250-4203

Safe Home Shelters – Mulberry
11511 Beneux Bottom Rd
(479) 414-1947

Storm Shelters NWA – Springdale
2231 Lowell Rd
(479) 879-5903

My Safe Place Tornado Shelters – Jonesboro

Meet the author

A little about Julie Kohl

Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and virtual assistant while raising her young son. A former Yankee who was “converted” to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you’ll-miss-it town in central Arkansas. Julie loves adventure. Not necessarily “scare-your-pants-off” adventure but the kind where you seek out new and exciting things. New foods, new places, new experiences. On her blog, Seek Adventures, Julie shares about the outdoor and travel adventures of her family as they camp and standup paddleboard across the South. You can also learn more about her writing on her site Seek Adventures Media.

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