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5 Ways To Stay Informed During Tornado Season

TORNADO SIRENS & METEOROLOGISTS

Tornado sirens do not always provide ample time to get into your storm shelter before a tornado hits your area. Meteorologists do their best to alert people as soon as possible, but they cannot always predict when a tornado will drop out of nowhere. Instead of relying on that whirring noise to run to safety, you need to find other ways to be forewarned about a tornado’s arrival. Here are the top 5 ways to stay informed during tornado season.

1 – Check the TOR:CON

The TOR:CON rating measures the chances of a tornado developing on any given day. It is based on a scale from 1-10, with each number representing a 10% chance. For instance, a day with a TOR:CON rating of 6 has a 60% chance of a tornado developing. Monitor this index during tornado season so you can be more alert on high-risk days.

2 – Watch Local Weather Stations

Do not rely on The Weather Channel to keep you informed. Local weather stations are going to have a much better grasp on what is currently going on in your area. The meteorologists at the station will be able to tell when and where a tornado is likely to develop based on the weather patterns for your area. If they start to warn you to get to shelter, trust their advice and take cover.

3 – Sign Up for Weather Alerts

Most news stations offer weather alerts that you can sign up for through their websites. You will get a text message or an email any time a tornado is expected to drop somewhere close to you. Of course, you will have to count on your phone signal to last enough to receive those alerts, but it is nice to have them as a backup.

4 – Get an In-Home Weather Monitor

You can buy a stand-alone weather monitor that will work even when the cable and internet are down. This is essentially a radio that only plays information about local weather. You can listen to it all day long, or you can set it to go off when a weather advisory is in effect. This is a great backup solution that you may even be able to take into your storm shelter with you – depending on how strong the signal is.

5 – Watch for Warning Signs

Even though tornadoes are unpredictable, the weather that comes before them could indicate if you are at risk or not. Some common ******warning signs of tornadoes****** include: high wind followed by an abrupt calm, a loud roaring noise like a train, a heavy wall cloud with debris, and dark skies. If you think you are in danger, get into your tornado shelter and wait for the storm to pass.

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Storm Shelter Supplies : Medication and First Aid

Must Have Storm Shelter Supplies : Medication and First Aid

To prepare for an emergency situation, you need to stock your tornado shelter with the right supplies. We have already discussed the best food and drinks to keep around as part of our must-have storm shelter supplies list. Now we will look into the medications and first aid items you might need after a storm.
Read on to create a full-service first aid kit for your tornado shelter.

 

Medications

It is nice to keep some all-purpose medicines on hand for your storm shelter, just in case someone gets injured in the storm.

Some examples include:
* Motrin (ibuprofen) – for headaches, inflammation, toothaches, and muscle cramps
* Tylenol (acetaminophen) – for fevers and pain
* Cough Drops – for sore throats
* Allerga (or other allergy medicines) – for allergy relief

Of course, medication expires fairly quickly, so you will need to keep your stash relatively up to date. It may be best to store your first aid kit for the house near the storm shelter so you can just grab it on the way down. Then you can use the medication in the house without forgetting about it downstairs.

 

First Aid Supplies

First aid supplies help mend physical injuries when you have no access to hospitals and professional medical care. You can buy a pre-made first aid kit to keep around, or you could make your own with these items:

* Ace Bandages
* Sticky Bandages (Band-Aids)
* Goss
* Medical Tape
* Cotton Swabs (Q-Tips)
* Cotton Balls
* Hydrogen Peroxide/Ethyl Alcohol
* Anti-Biotic Ointment (Neosporin)

Keep all of these items in a red plastic container so you can easily see it in a pile of debris. You may even go as far as preparing a cheat-sheet of guides for emergency injury repairs, like how to set a broken bone or how to stitch an open wound. Add items to your first aid kit that accommodate those situations, and you will be prepared when the storm hits.

 

Hand Sanitizers

Keep some hand sanitizer in your medical supplies so you can wash your hands before repairing an injury. You can buy a small, travel sized bottle to fit in your first aid kit, and then you won’t have to worry about wasting precious water washing your hands.

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Storm Shelter Supplies: Food and Drinks

Storm Shelter Supplies: Food and Drinks

A storm shelter will protect you from a tornado or other natural disaster, but fallen debris may leave you trapped in your shelter for several days at a time. To take your protection even further, you need the right survival tools to make it through the waiting period. Over the course of the next couple weeks, we will discuss must-have storm shelter supplies that you can use to get through the aftermath of Mother Nature.

Here are some important food and drink items to keep in your tornado shelter.

 

Non-Perishable, Easy Prep Foods

Non-perishable foods that are easy to prepare fit well with the post-storm environment. These are foods that you can leave in your shelter for years unattended and still be able to eat them in a storm. Common examples include:

* Crackers (Saltine or Wheat)
* Peanut Butter
* Cereal
* Granola Bars
* Dried Fruits
* Nuts and Trail Mix

Avoid foods that require any sort of cooking because you most likely won’t have electricity or a source of fire. Try to rotate these foods out every six months to one year, just to keep them as fresh as possible.

 

Bottled Water and Sports Drinks

Bottled water is an essential storm shelter supply that lasts for years. Believe it or not, all bottled water has an expiration date because the plastic from the bottle eventually breaks down. Nevertheless, a 24 pack of bottled water you buy now should be good for several years down the road.

Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade can help you replace electrolytes in your body during an emergency. This will keep you energized and help your body stay as healthy as possible. These drinks expire at about the same time bottled water expires, so make sure you change them out once a year to be on the safe side.

 

Other Nutritional Items

It may be a good idea to keep multivitamins in your storm shelter to supplement the nutrients in your food. If you’re lucky enough to have a charcoal stove in your storm shelter, you could also keep sugar, salt, and pepper on hand to add flavor to any foods you cook. Keep in mind that anything you store in your shelter will need to last and stock your shelves accordingly.

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Using the TOR:CON Index to Determine the Risk of a Tornado

Using the TOR:CON Index to Determine the Risk of a Tornado

The tornado season can be extremely unpredictable, even for seasoned meteorologists. Mother Nature has a mind of her own, and sometimes it is difficult for experts to predict where a storm might be going. With that in mind, there is a special tool called the TOR:CON Index that measures how likely you are to encounter a tornado on any given day. The guide below explains how to use the TOR:CON Index so you can be prepared for severe storms in your area.

What Is TOR:CON?

The TOR:CON Index is a ranking system developed by Dr. Greg Forbes from The Weather Channel. The system takes into account a variety of factors, such as weather patterns, temperature shifts, frontal movements, etc., to determine how much risk there is for a tornado to develop on a certain day. The index ranges from 0 to 10, with 10 marking a time with the highest possible chance of tornadic activity.

How to Read TOR:CON Values

The TOR:CON Index is broken up into several risk levels represented by the numbers 0 through 10.

These Values Are Described As Follows:
0 – Extremely low chance of a tornado or thunderstorm
2 – Low chance of a tornado with moderate chance of hail and/or high winds
4 – Moderate chance of a tornado with high chance of hail and/or high winds
6 – High chance of a tornado
8+ – Extremely high chance of a tornado

Multiply the TOR:CON value by 10 to get the risk percentage for a tornado developing that day. For instance, a day with a TOR:CON value of 7 would have a 70% chance of developing a tornado. This value represents the risk for any locations within a 50 mile location of the targeted area, including suburbs, highways, etc.

How to Find Your TOR:CON Value for the Day

To view your TOR:CON value for the day, you may visit Forbes’s TOR:CON Index webpage on Weather.com. You may also listen to the local weather announcements provided by The Weather Channel or your favorite local newscast. For days with high TOR:CON ratings, be on the lookout for potential problems to arise. The more prepared you are for emergency tornado evacuations, the better off you will be.

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Tornado Alley

The Latest In Storm Shelter Safety

It’s not always fun and games being a resident within the area known as “tornado alley” – this stretch of U.S. territory where tornadoes run rampant and destroy everything in their path is not clearly defined, but its core remains northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. The term was first coined in 1952 as the title of a research project to study severe weather in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

Preferred Shelters resides in the heart of tornado alley, so we know a thing or two about the kind of damage these Oklahoma tornado storms can leave in their terrifying wake. Since our inception, we have been helping families prepare and defend themselves from Mother Nature’s horrific grasp in this part of the country, as it is common knowledge that tornadoes occur more frequently in the central United States between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains.

While Texas reports the most tornadoes of any other state due to its sheer land mass, per square mile it is Kansas and Oklahoma that rank first and second, respectively, in the number of tornadoes they encounter. An Oklahoma tornado, as many residents will attest to, can be one of the most frightening examples of how “at the mercy” we truly are of this planet. Regionally, tornado frequency in the U.S. can be related to the progression of the warm season, when cool and warm air masses often find themselves at violent odds. The notion of a perfected tornado warning system, as seen in films such asTwister, has not really come to fruition so far as getting people to safety in time is concerned.
The Bottom Line is This: Tornado Alley is Where the Strongest Tornadoes Occur More Frequently

With this in mind, Preferred Shelters has been instrumental in building and offering the latest in storm safety and protection, taking state-of-the-art approaches to help residents of the communities within the “alley” in lieu of a perfect tornado warning implementation. Luckily, in the heart of tornado alley, building codes are stricter than those for other parts of the country, requiring strengthened roofs and more secure connections between the building and its foundation. Because much of the housing, however, in this region is less robust than in other parts of the U.S. – and the fact that many people in the “alley” live in mobile homes – storm cellars, shelters and safe rooms have become more important than ever.

That’s where we come in. We know what it takes to battle the rigors of tornado alley because we actuallylive here. Tornado warning or not, you can trust Preferred Shelters to protect you and your loved ones from the catastrophic storms that reign terror in the form of a violent Oklahoma tornado.

 

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The National Geographic Shelter Gold Standard

Different Types Of Storm Shelters

Here at Preferred Shelters, storm shelters OKC, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our customer’s level of satisfaction and the quality of our products. In one of our most recent improvement sessions we discovered an article by National Geographic entitled, “Taking Cover: A guide to Tornado Shelters” (Kramer, May 23, 2013). The article discusses the best type of storm shelters, the best location to put one in your new or existing home, pricing models for storm shelters, safety and durability testing, rebate programs, and even a list of proper accessories to keep handy inside your storm shelter to be prepared when disaster strikes. We decided to compare our product and level of customer service to the National Geographic standards in quality and assured durability.

First, the article discusses the optimal type of storm shelter recommended by Oklahoma’s tornado safety guide is an underground storm shelter. You’re in luck, because we have more than a few underground storm shelter options to choose from. Browse through our website to discover our many options and while you’re there feel free to send us an email with any questions you might have. We are proud members of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, as well as the National Association of Home Builders and can accommodate storm shelter installation in your existing home and new construction home.

The National Geographic recommends an underground storm shelter, but if you were to choose other above ground options, we are more than happy to accommodate all of your storm shelter and safe room needs. Give us a call to schedule your FREE Price Quote over the phone or with a FREE home consultation. Did we mention that we offer ONE-DAY Installation.

After reviewing the pricing structure discussed in the article, we are confident and proud to say that we can beat those prices by a long shot. Are you getting curious yet? Give us a call at 405-702-1717 to find out more.

Safety and durability testing is a priority to Preferred Shelters. Our steel garage storm shelters passed the Texas Tech F5 Tornado Impact Test with flying colors. Your family’s safety is as important to us as it is to you. Make sure you visit our Better Business Bureau page to discover how serious we are about credibility and customer satisfaction…we currently have an “A-” rating (and we’re working on the “minus” portion of this rating).

Although we don’t provide accessories to include in your storm shelter, such as batteries, flashlights, water, and a weather radio, for example we can however make some suggestions. We can also provide help you will need in securing your government rebates, FEMA, or The American Red Cross grants, if you are selected. We have plenty of experience in dealing with the paperwork and procedures and will be glad to assist you any way we possibly can every step of the way.

We feel as we aced this National Geographic checklist of standards. Would you agree? We understand that you expect the best storm shelter installation services available and that is why we are constantly exceeding our customer’s needs. Call Preferred Shelters today and start protecting what is most precious to your family.

 

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5 Reasons Your Family Needs a Storm Shelter

By: Preferred Storm Shelters

If you live in the Oklahoma City area and have been tossing around the idea of investing in a storm shelter, it might be interesting to read over the following five reasons your family needs a storm shelter. Weather in tornado alley is simply unpredictable so instead of tossing around the idea of a storm shelter, read the following and take action. The sooner you install your shelter the sooner you can rest easy knowing that your family is safe.

1. Convenience – The very first reason you should consider investing in a storm shelters is because it is so easy to do. You can get ONE DAY Installation on all units are available on the website. So why not protect your family today? With little mess and no hassle there is literally no reason to wait.

2. Affordability – Storm shelters are very affordable. If you don’t believe this then go ahead and request a FREE Price Quote. All quotes are free of charge and most likely are going to make you quite happy to hear so call up and find out just how affordable it will be to protect your family.

3. Government Assistance- If price is still a concern for you then you will be happy to hear that most local city municipalities have grants available to help make the costs of storm shelters more affordable. By adding grant money to the purchase price the final cost to you will be minimal. After all, there is no real price tag you can place on safety so take advantage of all of the help you can get to make sure you don’t have to worry.

4. Proximity to Tornado Alley – Living so close to tornado alley means that you are highly likely to be affected by bad weather. Although it is impossible to predict where a tornado will strike, certain areas have a much higher risk factor. If you live in Tornado Alley it is only reasonable to look into installing a storm shelter.

5. Safety – Finally, the most important reason to look into owning a storm shelter is because your family is the one item that you cannot replace. Keep them safe in a shelter and you will never have to worry about a tornado destroying the most important part of your life.

Contact Preferred Storm Shelters in by giving us a call directly at 405-702-1717.

 

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Invest In Your Family’s Safety

Always be Safe When A Disaster Strikes

preferred_storm_shelters_okcIn Oklahoma, there are times when natural disasters such as tornadoes occur and therefore people will need a way to protect themselves. As a result, it is very beneficial to get a storm shelter which can give you a safe place to go whenever a tornado occurs.

A storm shelter is a structure made out of steel or concrete that is installed either underground or in a garage to help give people protection from the effects of a tornado. With a quality storm shelter, people will have an efficient way to stay safe during a tornado. Since purchasing a storm shelter is a considerable investment, it is important to know what a storm shelter is, and what the advantages are of each type of shelter available. By knowing this, consumers will have the information they need to get the best shelter for their home.

When it comes to a storm shelter, there are certain types that you can get for your home. These types include garage storm shelters or underground storm shelters. Depending on the customers’ preference, these will certainly provide the protection you need when a tornado hits. A garage storm shelter is a steel or concrete structure that is installed in a garage and enables people to have the most convenient access. With a garage storm shelter, you will be sure to have practical storm shelter safety without having to leave your home during a tornado.

The next type of shelter is the underground storm shelter. These are shelters made out of steel or concrete that are placed below the ground. An underground storm shelter allows people to get under the surface of their home in order to get maximum protection from a tornado. Using an underground storm shelters is another practical option to consider when seeking a protective structure for tornado safety.

Both the garage storm shelter and the underground storm shelters have their advantages. The ground storm shelters’ main advantages are convenience and close proximity to the main level of the home. These shelters allow people to remain safe by just going into a shelter in the garage. These shelters help provide protection without too much physical effort. These shelters are best for people who are elderly or disabled. The main advantage of the underground storm shelter is that it provides maximum safety by allowing people to go underground during a tornado. For more information about the storm shelters available contact Preferred Storm Shelters at (405) 702-1717.

 

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Invest In Your Family’s Safety

Always be Safe When A Disaster Strikes

preferred_storm_shelters_okcIn Oklahoma, there are times when natural disasters such as tornadoes occur and therefore people will need a way to protect themselves. As a result, it is very beneficial to get a storm shelter which can give you a safe place to go whenever a tornado occurs.

A storm shelter is a structure made out of steel or concrete that is installed either underground or in a garage to help give people protection from the effects of a tornado. With a quality storm shelter, people will have an efficient way to stay safe during a tornado. Since purchasing a storm shelter is a considerable investment, it is important to know what a storm shelter is, and what the advantages are of each type of shelter available. By knowing this, consumers will have the information they need to get the best shelter for their home.

When it comes to a storm shelter, there are certain types that you can get for your home. These types include garage storm shelters or underground storm shelters. Depending on the customers’ preference, these will certainly provide the protection you need when a tornado hits. A garage storm shelter is a steel or concrete structure that is installed in a garage and enables people to have the most convenient access. With a garage storm shelter, you will be sure to have practical storm shelter safety without having to leave your home during a tornado.

The next type of shelter is the underground storm shelter. These are shelters made out of steel or concrete that are placed below the ground. An underground storm shelter allows people to get under the surface of their home in order to get maximum protection from a tornado. Using an underground storm shelters is another practical option to consider when seeking a protective structure for tornado safety.

Both the garage storm shelter and the underground storm shelters have their advantages. The ground storm shelters’ main advantages are convenience and close proximity to the main level of the home. These shelters allow people to remain safe by just going into a shelter in the garage. These shelters help provide protection without too much physical effort. These shelters are best for people who are elderly or disabled. The main advantage of the underground storm shelter is that it provides maximum safety by allowing people to go underground during a tornado. For more information about the storm shelters available contact Preferred Storm Shelters at (405) 702-1717.

 

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