Safety Articles

FEMA: What Is It?

FEMA, also known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a government agency that assists communities in times of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural or man-made disasters.  Every county across the nation has or should have an Emergency Management Agency that works within their county to assist in disasters.  They help obtain funding for […]

Communicate With Safety Apps: Let Them Know You Are Safe

Many natural and unexpected disasters occur every single day.  It is the ‘not knowing’ if people in your circle are alive and okay that can cause even more trauma to those who are left to wonder until contact has been made.  Thankfully in today’s world of excessive communication through social media outlets and new and […]

Volunteering After a Tornado

There are several great organizations that assist those in need after man-made and natural disaster occur.  Knowing who to call is key.  Red Cross is one of the top volunteer organizations who begin organizing and developing teams to go into devastated areas and begin with clean-up, helping those in need of medical assistance or who […]

Take Shelter from Tornadoes—But Not There!

To ditch or not to ditch, THAT is the question. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were driving down the road and spotted a tornado heading your way? Our nature might direct us towards the nearest underpass and hide there until it is over. Surely an underpass is strong enough to […]

Tornado Hazard Aftermath

Once a tornado has swept through, causing damage in your area, there are hazards that you need to be aware of so that you and others around you will stay safe.  Sometimes people get so caught up in the damages, or are ecstatic for still being alive, they don’t stop to think about other dangers […]

Dangerous Weather Signs

It is difficult to predict tornadoes.  They seem to have a mind of their own.  Even meteorologists can only look at dangerous weather patterns and be on the lookout for them.  It isn’t until a tornado is spotted, either by an observer or via radio satellite, that we are even aware one is around.  This […]

Weather Radio?  What Are They Used For?

If you are a weather watcher, it might be beneficial for you to own a weather radio.  A weather radio is designed to pick-up weather forecasts from public broadcasting services called ‘weather radio’.  This kind of weather information has been available since the 1950’s and is a way for people across the nation to receive […]

Insurance? Tornado Damage?  Are You Covered?

Insurance, much like a tornado shelter, is something everyone wants when they need it.  Tornado winds can cause damage to your home, your car, and even take the lives of those you love.Know and understand what your insurance covers in the event of a tornado.Policies typically cover certain threats such as hail and wind, often direct […]

Why Do Most Tornado Outbreaks Happen in the Spring?

Even though tornadoes are chaotic and unpredictable, they tend to have their peak season when the weather is changing.  When cold air mixes with warm air, conditions are more favorable for supercell storms which can spawn tornadoes.  It is this instability in the atmosphere which wreaks havoc throughout tornado alley.  The breakdown in atmosphere can […]

Tornado Preparedness : Are You Ready?

Many people ask, “What can we do to prepare for tornado season?”  Besides having a safety plan in place, there are other things you can do to prepare for the worst. Create an emergency kit geared towards the needs of you and your family. Use a sealable plastic container to hold items such as bottled waters, […]

Tornadoes Are Unpredictable—Moving Past Fear

A tornado is a scary, unpredictable event! In March of 1925, a deadly twister tore through three states—Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana—giving it the name “The Tri-State Tornado.” One of the deadliest of its kind, this mile-wide tornado killed 695 people, as it traveled 219 miles at 70 miles per hour over a period of 3 […]

Bad Things Happen: We Can Help

Fact: Bad things happen.Fact: Bad things happen to good people.For example, on this day in history, in 1963, four young African-American girls were killed in a Baptist church bombing during a Sunday Service.  In 2001, President George W Bush identified Osama Bin Laden as the prime suspect in the 9/11 attacks against the US.  America […]