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Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better


Tornado Safety – Building An Underground Shelter

With the recent storm and tornado damage in the Midwest over the weekend, we’re reminded once again that Mother Nature can be brutal at times.  In some areas of Illinois, just a few hours from here, entire communities were flattened by the high winds.  Several people lost their lives.

Growing up and living in the nation’s bread basket, pretty much conditions you to take these storms in stride.  Every spring and summer, you’ll hear of a few occurrences, and of course, they can happen in the fall and early winter too when conditions are right.

The main lessons from experiences like these would be first, to take the weather warnings that come up with some degree of seriousness.  Many storms are quite unpredictable, but with the weather technology of today we have a better chance of staying out of harms way.  If we heed the warnings that is.  Take shelter when necessary since it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This also means planning ahead for the inevitable.  When the weather turns ugly, does everyone in your family know where to go or what to do?  If you have a basement, that’s perhaps the best place to go in the event of a tornado.  Keep some non-perishable supplies on hand.  Food and water of course.  And a battery powered weather radio is good to store down there too.

If you don’t have a basement, the most often suggested place to find safety in a home is away from windows, somewhere near the center of the home.  Try to think of areas that might have a bit more reinforcement such as inner bathrooms, etc.  It’s not a perfect solution, but you simply do the best you can.

For more safety related information regarding tornadoes and violent storms visit this page from NOAA.

In addition, we came across this video on how to build an underground shelter in your backyard.  The shipping containers that are used here are pretty inexpensive and relatively easy to find and they might just get you safely through some turbulent times in the future.

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