Tornado season is fast approaching in Oklahoma. Tornados have the ability to destroy everything in their wake, and even though we know the destruction they can cause, we can always benefit from additional information to properly prepare our home and family members. These weather forces are not to be underestimated, and the minute weather alerts change from a tornado watch to a tornado warning, you need to act. Ask yourself the following questions about your home before tornado season comes to Oklahoma City.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a detailed list of ways to protect your home from tornadic winds in a downloadable document for instruction should you need it. These steps include reinforcing or replacing garage doors, covering windows and doors, securing shingles and siding, protecting your roof, and removing potentially dangerous trees and “windborne missile” items. By taking these tips to heart and performing them ahead of time, you can benefit your property should it be in a tornado’s path.
Losing everything is a nightmare. While the safety of your family is the priority in a tornado, be proactive in protecting your important documents and possessions before an emergency strikes. According to Oklahoma State University, documents like birth certificates, marriage records, death records, and citizenship documentation are difficult to replace. Ahead of tornado season, put these documents in a safe place that is easy to access in the event of evacuation. There are other steps you can take to electronically record documents, too.
If you’re new to Oklahoma City, or if you just haven’t sat down to make a safety plan with your family, there’s no time like the present. Discussing a safety plan with members of your household can ensure safe evacuation with less chance of separation. Make sure that you know how everyone is going to keep in contact, as well as how you’re going to receive real-time updates on the tornado’s progress. Have the essentials ready to go, taking individual needs into consideration (medications, diapers, hygiene products, etc.). Have a stocked first-aid kit, plenty of water, and some non-perishable food. Know where to go to in the event of evacuation. Read more about what you should pack in advance here.
At Restoration 1 of OKC, we want area residents to know that we offer storm damage restoration during tornado season and throughout the rest of the year. Our comprehensive work will have your home fully restored as quickly as possible. But, take the steps now to prepare your home and your family. Contact us anytime at 405-265-9133.