Tornado safe room

Tornado FAQs

  1. What exactly is a Tornado?
  2. What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning?
  3. When are Tornadoes most likely to occur?
  4. How fast do Tornadoes move?
  5. Where is the safest place during a Tornado?
  6. What causes most of the damage?
  7. Is there a rating scale for Tornadoes?
  8. Can I use my shelter for other purposes?

 What exactly is a Tornado?

A tornado is a rotating column of air that makes contact with the ground.

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 What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Watch implies that tornadoes and severe weather are possible.
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the vicinity of the warning.

When a Tornado warning is issued:

You should move to your Tornado Safe Room™ storm shelter or basement, lower floor interior hallway or room. If you are in an automobile, leave the car, find a low spot (culvert, drainage ditch), and lie flat on the ground. Do not try to outdrive a tornado

Mobile homes provide little or no protection from a Tornado and you should leave one during the tornado watch. Tornadoes can develop rapidly and sometimes no warnings are possible. Keep alert for signs of an approaching Tornado. Most deaths and injuries are due to flying debris.

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 When are Tornadoes most likely to occur?

Tornadoes can develop at any time of the year. The most tornadoes occur in April, May and June. Tornadoes are most likely to appear between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. but they can occur at all hours of the day or night.

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 How fast do Tornadoes move?

Most often, a tornado moves from southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.

The average speed is about 30 mph but this can vary from nearly stationary to more than 70 mph.  Tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be wider than one mile and fifty miles in length.

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 Where is the safest place during a Tornado?

No place is 100% safe from a Tornado. However, the safest place is a Tornado Safe Room custom made Tornado Safe Room™ shelter.  Even areas that have little history of Tornadoes can be susceptible.  A few years ago, a tornado hit Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up a 10,000 ft. mountain.

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 What causes most of the damage?

Violent winds and flying debris cause most structural damage and is responsible for most deaths.  Never open your windows.  Instead, proceed immediately to your Storm Shelter.

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 Is there a rating scale for Tornadoes?

Yes, the Fujita Scale for Tornado Intensities is below:

Rating Wind Speed Damage
F0 - Weak 40-72 mph Light Damage Some window damage, chimneys damaged, small trees pushed over.
F1 - Weak 72-112 mph Moderate Damage Roof material peeled off, cars blown off road, mobile homes overturned.
F2 - Strong 113-157 mph Considerable Damage : Roofs torn off frame homes, mobile homes destroyed, trees uprooted.
F3 - Strong 158-206 mph Severe Damage : Trains overturned, smallest cars become missiles, cement lifted off ground. Large trees uprooted.
F4 - Violent 207-260 mph Devastating Damage : Reinforced structures leveled, cars thrown and disintegrated, trees never come down.
F5 - Violent 261-318 mph Total Annihilation : F5 can be up to 1 mile wide. Strongest of structures disappear. Automobiles carried several hundred feet. Trees debarked. Up to six inches of soil lifted up. Incredible phenomena will occur.

Can I use my shelter for other purposes?

We encourage you to make use of your storm shelter for a number of other purposes. Whether you need a place to store your home made canning goods, or if are concerned about other things, a protected, Tornado Safe Room™ "room" from Tornado Safe Room is a perfect solution.

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