In past years, more than 1,000 twisters
killed in excess of 120 people and created millions of dollars in property damage.
The dollar figure for the tornadoes which struck Oklahoma City in May of 1999
has exceeded 90 million dollars.
National Tornado Forum has announced an effort to encourage more people to build
"safe rooms" The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
stated, "When that tornado warning comes, people need to put their family
in a safe place". .
In an effort
to see that more people are protected FEMA, along with the Federal National Mortgage
Association (Fannie Mae), have programs in place which assist families with financing
for their "Safe Rooms". FEMA director, James Witt, said, "We know
that safe rooms save lives". Responding to this call for saving lives, we
designed a tornado-safe room (hence TORNADOSAFEROOM). Our units are manufactured
from solid 10 gauge steel construction. The safe rooms may be installed in the
interior of structures with concrete flooring or exterior of any type of structure,
commercial or residential including pre-manufactured homes and mobile homes
and protection are the keys to saving lives.
following explanations will help you when the weather alerts are sounded.
Watch - this alert is issued when weather conditions are
'ripe' for the formation of a tornado. When these are issued, your preparations
for safety should begin
Tornado Warning - this means that a funnel cloud has actually been
sighted or radar has indicated a tornado. Be ready.
with these definitions the Fujita Pearson Tornado Scale will give you an under-standing
of the potential of the coming storm. Note the estimated damage done as the F
rating goes up. The tornado which devastated Oklahoma City was an F-5.
Pearson Tornado Scale
mph, chimney damage, tree branches broken,
F-1:73-112 mph, mobile homes pushed
off foundation or overturned.
F-2:113-I57 mph. considerable damage, mobile
homes demolished, trees up-rooted.
F-3: 158-205 mph, roofs and walls torn
down, trains overturned, cars thrown.
F-4:207-260 mph, well-constructed walls
F-5:261-318 mph, homes lifted off their foundations and carried considerable
distances, auto thrown as far as 328 feet.
can and do occur, anywhere when weather conditions create the right formula.
Tornadoes have been recorded with wind speeds over 300 m.p.h. and staying on the
ground for more than an hour. Flying debris presents one of the greatest dangers