Protecting yourself and your loved ones from danger are paramount when it comes to dealing with the unpredictably brutal tornadoes of today. Tornadoes are notorious for causing destruction and altering the lives of those in its trail, whether it be through the eradication of homes, or the devastating fatalities involved. While there is nothing you can do to protect your home, there are preventative measures that can be taken to offer safeguard against twisters and save your life. One of the most effective defenses is to build a tornado safe room somewhere in your home.
To start, the location of the room is crucial and can greatly increase your survival rate, if properly positioned. The ideal place to create a safe room would be the basement or the lowest level floor in your residence. Preferably, the room should be surrounded by other rooms in order to offer ample protection against debris and high velocity winds. The room should be windowless, although if this is not possible you should cover them with a thick sheet of plastic and secure them with tape. You should also make sure that the door to your safe room opens inwards, otherwise the door may be obstructed by rubbish on the other side, preventing you from getting out. Another key aspect to a formidable tornado safe room is the foundation it sits on. The foundation should be concrete to prevent the winds from moving or picking the room up. Safe rooms should also be equipped with first aid equipment, an emergency handheld radio, enough food and water to sustain those occupying the room for a few days, flashlights, and linens for warmth such as blankets or sheets.
Building a Tornado safe room in your home is one of the best ways to prevent and defend against the harm created by tornadoes every year. Many people have saved their lives by planning and building safe houses in advance. Over the years shocking photos have surfaced, displaying a single room standing and unaffected while the rest of the home around it had been completely demolished. Those who have survived horrific tornadoes because of their safe rooms can personally endorse the luxury that having a safe room provides. Having one will also give you the peace of mind that in the event of an erratic tornado, you have done everything in your power to keep you and your family safe.