It is always better to be safe and prepared, than caught in a scary situation without the proper precautions. Natural disasters can occur at any time, so it’s your job to make sure your family is prepared to weather the storm.
Storm shelters are key. Last year there were 552 tornado related deaths in the United States and 1,688 confirmed tornadoes. The home insurance you have probably covers tornado damage, but you need to make it safely through the storm for that to even matter. It might come down to literally seconds to get to your designated safe space, especially if the storm hits at night when it’s harder to see coming. If you can’t make it to the basement, consider bolting down a garage or closet that could serve as shelter upstairs. Another option is a storm shelter that is close to your home.
Every family and every property is different so you need to do the research and see what is the best fit for you. It’s also a good idea to invest in a weather monitor. It can alert you when a sever weather warning has been issued, using a loud alarm. You don’t want to be caught by surprise.
If for some reason you don’t have the option of installing a storm shelter, make sure you still have a solid plan if a storm pops up. Maybe reach out to a close neighbor who has a shelter. Figure it out well in advance so you don’t have to think in the moment.
Prepare an emergency kit of supplies. Include bottled water, battery or crank operated FM radio, non-perishable food, lighter, flares, first-aid kit, solar cell-phone charger, extra batteries, whistle, pet food and baby formula (if needed). Have a family meeting about what your plan is should a serious storm hit. Give everyone a different responsibility to stay organized.
We are very involved in the Erath County community and just want everyone to stay safe. If you are interested in buying or selling a home here, we are local real estate agents and expert on the area. We would love to help you out. Please contact us!