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Tornado Myths That Could Kill You

By Margo Waldrop - Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Tornados are no joke, they destroy property and take lives. So, understanding the difference between a tornado fact versus myth is crucial for your safety and your family’s safety.

 

Do You Understand the Enhanced Fujita Scale? You Should!

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, April 3rd, 2017

Tornadoes come in all strengths and sizes, from small dusters to one mile long monsters. Their damage can be extensive and varied. In 1971 Tetsuya Theodore Fujita of the University of Chicago, invented a scale to measure tornadoes based on the extent of damage they produced.

 

Prep Your Family for Spring’s Severe Weather

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

As trees turn green and flowers think of blooming, our weather begins it unpredictable shift from cold to warm. This shift can bring a slew of weather related hazards. Depending on the current yearly weather pattern, spring can bring dry conditions or heavy rains. Dry weather encourages wildfires and can contribute to flooding once intense rains strike.

 

Storm Shelter Installation FAQ – Your Questions Answered!

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

At OKC Shelters, we got a lot of questions about the actual installation of your storm shelter. While you do have several options for location and type of shelter, there can be limitations.

 

3 Ways to Avoid Getting Trapped in Your Storm Shelter

By Margo Waldrop - Friday, February 14rd, 2017

A general fear among homeowners is getting trapped in their underground storm shelter by heavy debris. Because of this fear, many people will not get into a storm shelter during a tornado emergency.

 

Sooner Safe – Safe Room Rebate Program

By Margo Waldrop - Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Did you know there is a rebate program for installation of a storm shelter in your home?

Oklahoma has a little known, Safe Room Rebate Program called Sooner Safe. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management holds the yearly lottery for Oklahoma citizens.

 

10 Step Checklist to Assess Your Home for Storm Damage

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, December 1st, 2016

Storms can be destructive to our homes, especially if a tornado is involved. Once the severe weather has passed and you are safe, it’s time to inspect your home for damage. Most severe weather damage requires a home professional to evaluate and repair.

 

7 Important Power Outage Safety Tips

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Tornadoes blow through town wreaking havoc and widespread destruction. Power outages follow closely in their wake. Some towns have gone days without power due to tornado damage. So how do you survive a power outage with minimal disruption to your life? By following these 7 SAFETY TIPS.

 

What Exactly Is a Safe Room??

By Margo Waldrop - Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Above ground safe rooms are gaining ground as the ultimate multi-purpose shelter. In simple terms, safe rooms are simply reinforced rooms, however, they are actually small fortresses built to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes and human force.

 

Will My Homeowners Policy Cover Tornado Damage?

By Margo Waldrop - Monday, November 28th, 2016

For those of us in tornado alley, twisters are an unfortunate yearly occurrence. Tornado destruction is a real possibility, and homeowners depend on their insurance companies to protect their home in the event of a natural disaster.

 

What Is A Microburst and Why Is It Important?

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, November 23th, 2016

Violent and potentially deadly, microbursts give tornadoes a run for their money.  These little-known weather outbursts can be as destructive as a tornado and should be taken just as seriously.

 

Can A Weather Radio Save Your Life?

By Margo Waldrop - Thursday, November 16th, 2016

There is nothing more important than staying informed during a severe weather situation. But what happens when your electricity goes out? Or you must take sanctuary in your storm shelter? This is when a weather radio becomes a ‘must have’ tool. It provides a critical link to the outside world, and keeps you up to date on possible dangerous situations.

 

How are Tornadoes Rated? – The Enhanced Fujita Scale

By Margo Waldrop - Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Tornadoes come in all strengths and sizes, from small dusters to one mile long monsters. Their damage can be extensive and varied. In 1971 Tetsuya Theodore Fujita of the University of Chicago, invented a scale to measure tornadoes based on the extent of damage they produced.

 

The Rise of the Tornado Cluster!

By Margo Waldrop - Monday, November 7th, 2016

What exactly is a tornado cluster? Tornado clusters are sudden outbursts of twisters that can occur over several days. These outbreaks happen more frequently and with more tornadoes involved in each occurrence

 

Safety Tips for Fall Weather Hazards

By Margo Waldrop - Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

As leaves start to fall, and the temperature drops, our weather begins its unpredictable shift from hot to cold. This shift can bring a slew of weather related hazards. Depending on the current yearly weather pattern, fall can suffer dry conditions or heavy rains.

 

Anatomy of a Wall Cloud

By Margo Waldrop - Monday, October 31, 2016

Anyone who lives in tornado alley has heard of the dreaded “wall cloud”. We know it can accompany severe weather and even lead to devastating tornadoes, but what exactly is it?

 

Pets and Storms – 3 Important Tips to Keep Your Animals Safe

By Margo Waldrop - Friday, October 28, 2016

For many people, our pets are family. We understand that their lifespans are shorter than ours, but it is still devastating when we lose a furry family member. When severe storms threaten, our first instinct is to protect ourselves and our children, and rightly so.

 

Severe Weather Terms You Need to Know

By Margo Waldrop - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

While spring may be famous for its severe weather, fall storms can also be a threat to your safety. Stay ‘weather aware’ by understanding these severe weather terms:

 

Lightning Strikes – A Real and Present Danger

By Margo Waldrop - Monday, October 24, 2016

Beautiful and deadly, lightning is one of nature’s most fascinating wonders. These majestic light shows light up the sky with their intricacy but also carry lethal charges that can wipe out scores of people in one strike.

 

Keep Your Family Safe with These 10 - Tornado Home Safety Tips

By Margo Waldrop - Tuesday, September 30, 2016

With the arrival of spring and fall in Oklahoma, tornadoes appear in full fury. And while they are a normal part of our landscape, their ability for destruction is anything but normal. It is an unfortunate fact that tornadoes take lives, so the number one thing you can do for your family is to educate yourself before severe weather strikes.

 

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