Tornado myths need to be tossed aside.One last tornado myth that must be debunked is the thought that a tornado is only dangerous if it hits the ground. This is wrong. The violent winds and debris from the winds of a tornado can be just as damaging and deadly as a tornado that skips across the ground. It is the wind and the debris that cause damage. Of course, there are more myths where tornadoes are concerned, and it is important to know what you are up against concerning tornadoes. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family is to have a safety plan in place and educate yourselves on how tornadoes look, how they form, what perfect conditions spawn them, etc. The more you know, the better. If you live in an area that is more prone to tornadoes, consider purchasing a Survive-a-Storm Shelter made of steel. (Concrete crumbles, and fiberglass cracks.) If you would like to know more, give us a call today at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]
He would call when his phone turned back on, I thought.Then, my cell phone started ringing again, and this time it was the same number that tried to call in the chaos from earlier. I wasn't in the mood for some unknown caller. I was wanting to hear from my husband! I declined the call. Again, the unknown caller tried my cell again. This time, I felt as if the person calling was just not getting it. Angrily, I declined once more. Almost immediately, my cell rang again, the same persistent unknown caller! Something down deep told me this wasn't just a solicitor. Finally, I answered in a huff. My husband was on the other end and he gasped and started crying. His phone had broken and he had to borrow a cell phone from one of his regular gas stops so he could check on me and the kids. When I kept refusing to answer, his worry increased, and by the time I did answer, relief just overwhelmed him. Richard stayed on the phone with me until the storm passed. He was thrilled with the peace of mind that we were safe inside of the storm shelter we bought from you guys, even though he had a moment of panic.
Not too long after, we got a call from the Geolocator service to check on us. I didn't recognize that number either.But thankfully, I answered it only to realize that your service and your word are what makes you such a dynamic and outstanding company. We thank you for not only the well-designed storm shelter, but for the peace of mind, and the service that goes along with being your customer. If you are our customer, and you receive a call after a tornado has passed through your area, please answer the call if you are able to let us know you are safe. Thanks, Cynthia! We are thankful you and your family are safe and we are happy to be of service! [Read more]
Hurricane Allen when we lived in Corpus Christi, Texas. He boarded up the windows and tied down anything we had outside that couldn't fit in the shed, like our grill and picnic table. Meanwhile, my mom was packing our clothes because we were heading north for a few days until Hurricane Allen went away. We went to Austin, Texas which was only inland about 3 hours away, but my parents knew that was safer than trying to ride out the storm in our home. One thing they must not have considered, however, was the possibility of tornadoes that could spawn from the hurricane. According to one report, "The hurricane brought a 12-foot storm surge to coastal Texas, with sustained winds estimated at 125 mph, and over 20 inches of rain to the area. Since this portion of Texas and Mexico were sparsely occupied, casualties were low, with only six deaths reported in Texas. However, Allen caused nearly US$300 million in damage at landfall, nearly a third of that as a result of a hurricane-spawned tornado in Austin" (submitted by NOAA).
We went to Austin to be SAFE!I remember sitting inside the small hotel room with my newborn baby brother, and my other siblings and my parents and my grandmother. We were all together, riding out the storm, praying we were going to be safe. There was no storm shelter, and nowhere else to go in that moment. Thinking back, it would have been such a tragedy to have escaped the hurricane only to be wiped out by a tornado in the place we ran to for safety.
Hurricanes may be stronger, but when it comes to lives, tornadoes can be more dangerous.[caption id="attachment_15527" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Damage seen after Hurricane Allen.[/caption] We have learned quite a bit about weather in the way of hurricanes and tornadoes since 1980. First, we know that with a hurricane, there is ample warning to get to a safe place ,to head inland, to avoid impact. We have also come to the understanding that tornadoes can very much be a side effect of a hurricane with little to no warning whatsoever. Even many years later, tornadoes are still the unwanted offspring that form over larger areas of land as the arm bands of the hurricane begin to stretch out over the shores and move further inland. When we got home a few days later, we could see the water line on our front door which reached a few inches below our doorknob. Fortunately for us, we lived in Navy base housing, so any damage that we suffered was taken care of by Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. We were thankful to have made it through such a major hurricane, and even more thankful to have survived the tornado in Austin. Now, as an adult, I completely understand the need to protect my own family from tornadoes, and wouldn't trust their safety to anyone but Survive-a-Storm Shelters. Tropical storms can also produce tornadoes, as well as supercell storms. It is always best to be prepared. If you would like to know more information, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]
Listen to local weather reports so that you are not caught off-guard.Once you know you are under a tornado warning, seek safety immediately in your storm shelter, or in the lowest, most inner parts of your home, school, or workplace. Often times, hail will precede a tornado, and when close, sounds much like a freight train. Many tornado survivors have stated that the loudness is followed by an eerie silence, and the sudden drop in air pressure can make you feel like you have gone deaf. If you have a tornado story you would like to share, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you! You can also call us at 1-888-360-1492, or follow us on our Facebook page! [Read more]
One of the best ways to protect yourself from lightning is to head indoors or inside a vehicle at the first sound of thunder.If you can hear the sound of thunder, you are within striking distance. Being indoors ensures complete safety. If you find yourself in a position where getting indoors or inside of a vehicle is not an option, there are some precautions that might help you.
- Avoid open fields, tall isolated trees or tall objects, and hilltops
- Avoid staying in a large group, spread out to keep lightning current from traveling from person to person in the event someone gets struck
- Avoid water, including pools, lakes, rivers, etc. as well as wet items as they are strong conductors of energy
Know your weather patterns, and pay attention to storm clouds rolling in. Lightning is powerful and deadly. One bolt of lightning can reach over 5 miles, can contain 100 million electrical volts, and can range in temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit!Many find that lightning is beautiful to look at. For example, this video by Pecos Hank from Youtube shows the beauty of lightning and its awesome power: https://youtu.be/olsXovs-vZ0 But let’s be clear—lightning is extremely dangerous! Keep in mind, if someone around you gets struck by lightning, they will not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch. It will be urgent to get them medical care immediately. Please be safe when it comes to the weather, especially extreme weather. Lightning is awesome. Lightning is also deadly. Use good judgement and play it safe! [Read more]