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Tornados happen. And if you live in or near Dallas, you know that this is a risk for you. But do you know what to do to be prepared ahead of time, to protect yourself and even your home? Obviously, there are some levels of risk we just don’t have control over but those that we do, are wise to act on before the storm hits.
First tip: Build a safe room. These are different than the more common shelters, but offer all the same protection and benefit. FEMA says a safe room is a structure that will provide near absolute protection from severe storms. So in order to call it a safe room, it must be built according to federal laws and meet very specific standards of safety.
What’s so great about a safe room?
First of all, there are two kinds of safe rooms; above and below ground.Each safe room should be built to handle 250 mph wiinds and more than 3,000 pounds of force. (That’s more than an EF-5 level tornado!)
Normally, safe rooms are built in basements or garages. They’re usually made of steel and fiberglass for the highest level of wind protection. All safe rooms and shelters use concrete foundations as their primary anchors.
Also, you don’t have to wait for your shelter to be built to start being prepared. As you plan, begin collecting the must-have emergency supplies, such as canned goods, water and a weather alert radio, to help meet your needs and keep you informed.
So please, if you live in Texas and are in an area that experiences tornados, be safe and plan smart by discussing safe rooms with an experienced, licensed contractor who’s work is compliant with all FEMA and NSSA standards. Of course, it’s always best to go with a trusted local company, like us at Unique Home Building.