Hurricane Matthew recently had devastating effects on both Haiti and the east coast. It’s clear that proper alerts and preparation can mean the difference between life and death when severe weather strikes. We have written before about the recent changes in weather patterns and how they can affect your family. An increase in the severity and occurrence of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events has prompted many to take action. Buying a safe room is one of the best ways to invest in the safety of your family. However, a safe room does not do your family any good if you cannot reach it in time or if you are away from home.
Wireless Emergency Alerts
Smartphones and many other forms of communication have changed the way in which we are notified of and prepared for storms. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. These alerts are automatically sent to all WEA-capable phones during an emergency. This service is sponsored by the National Weather Service, FEMA, the FCC, and the Department of Homeland Security. Many local and state public safety agencies also contribute resources toward the program. Alerts include extreme weather warnings, local emergencies, AMBER alerts, and Presidential Alerts during the time of a national emergency. You can visit here to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts and how they have saved lives.
While these alerts are a clear benefit, you won’t always be at home or near your phone when disaster strikes. Being knowledgeable and prepared can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a tornado or hurricane. While the security of a safe room or bunker is your best bet, knowing how to react correctly will give you a much better chance of surviving mother nature’s wrath.
Thunderstorms, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes
Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts and golf ball sized hail – clearly something you don’t want to be caught outside in. Flash floods and lightning can accompany heavy storms – avoid standing water if you are driving and try to find higher ground if flooding occurs near you. Trees and other tall objects can attract lightning and cause serious harm to people and property. Storms of this nature easily cause damage to vehicles, power lines, and homes. Avoid staying near windows and doorways, where glass and flying debris can become a threatening factor.
It is best to seek stable shelter during a severe thunderstorm and remain there until it is safe. Hurricanes often produce damaging effects similar to a severe thunderstorm, but to a much greater degree. Hurricane Katrina, which struck Louisiana and other Gulf states in August of 2005, eventually caused $108 billion in damage; the most damage caused by a hurricane in American history.
The incredibly violent, destructive power of a tornado make it very difficult to find safe and adequate shelter. Tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains of the United States. Here, many homes have storm cellars and basements where residents seek shelter from the wind and debris. These shelters, as well as safe rooms, are often best methods for riding out such a severe storm.
More information on severe weather events, as well as more helpful information, can be found at NOAA’s Weather Safety page.
Protection from U.S. Safe Room
You can never be totally sure what the weather will have in store. However, one thing you can always count on is the quality and protection provided by one of our safe rooms. Hand-made with heavy-duty materials right here in America, our bunkers and safe rooms are designed to shield you and your family from the devastating chaos of severe weather and disasters. With custom finishes and a selection of doors that feature a secure multi-point locking system, our structures are durable and versatile enough to fit all of your requirements. When you think of unmatched strength and quality in safe room construction, think U.S. Safe Room.