One of the most unpredictable forces of nature that can happen are Tornadoes. The devastation of a single tornado can completely demolish a community, and often their appearance is so sudden and unpredictable that it is extremely difficult to be issued a warning. Therefore, when a tornado strikes it is extremely important to have a time-sensitive plan prepared. In certain areas of tornado alley safe rooms are found in nearly every household. Nearly every other force of nature that has this destructive capability can be predicted, take it from the experts in every study ever conducted. You’re not prepared for tornadoes unless you have a tornado shelter in or around your house. Here are some facts from the Department of Homeland Security that may enlighten you on the danger of tornadoes:
- They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
- They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
- The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but may vary from stationary to 70 mph.
- Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
- Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
- Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
- Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, but can occur at any time
The Department of Homeland Security also says in nearly every scenario that heading to your closest safe room or similar structure is the optimal method for protecting yourself. At Elephant Safe rooms, we want to make sure you have the capability of protecting yourself against unpredictable tornadoes. We have been in the metal structures business for over 30 years, and we get better with each one that passes. If you would like a free consultation with one of our building experts, call in today. Protect your family with Elephant Structures.