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Storm Shelters

Tornadoes are a very destructive forces of nature that should never be taken lightly. The violent storms kill hundreds of people every year and cause millions of dollars in property damage. When a tornado strikes, homes, businesses, cars, trucks, and anything in it's path can be picked up and thrown around like toys. This includes people and animals, too.

What most people want to know is how they can protect themselves and their families if a tornado touches down near their home. This is a good question because there may be very little warning and fast action may be required.

As population centers expand in areas that are prone to tornadoes, more and more people are finding themselves directly affected, especially people living in the Midwest, South, and the plains states. Other areas get tornadoes, too. Sometimes they touch down in places that may surprise you, like California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

Storm shelters and safe rooms: In years past, storm shelters were fixtures in many homes across tornado alley, an area of the United States that stretches from Texas through Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas up into the midwest. They were small concrete bunkers that were built underground, either outside in a location close to a home, or inside the home in an underground basement. They were usually located in places where people could get into them in a hurry.

Over the years, there had been a steady decline in the building of storm shelters and basements. But today, the installation of storm shelters and safe rooms are becoming popular again all around the country. More and more people are beginning to pay close attention to news about global warming and the affects that it is having on the weather, especially powerful thunder storms that produce tornadoes that are getting more numerous and are devastating entire neighborhoods.

Many people are opting to go with residential storm shelters that are installed inside the home, usually in a bedroom or small closet. These storm shelters are called safe rooms and are built to withstand the strongest tornadoes.

Safe rooms are built with thick steel walls and heavy duty doors, bolted to garage floors, and can withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour. There have been cases where homes have been totally destroyed by tornadoes but the safe rooms were left totally intact and the occupants escaped unharmed.

Note: If there is a news bulletin about the possibility of a tornado, pay close attention and take the the reports seriously . If you see a tornado or hear tornado warning sirens, take shelter immediately.

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