Many storm safe rooms are designed as component units to be incorporated inside a home or office without the need for complex or expensive remodeling, providing excellent safety and saving a lot of money, according to usstormshelters.com.
For those who are unable to afford a storm shelter or a safe room, there are some relatively easy, simple ways to protect your home from a weaker tornado (anywhere from an EF-0 to an EF-3) or straight-line winds produced from a thunderstorm, which can have devastating effects as well.
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president/CEO of Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), says something as simple as checking the caulking around your windows every year can make a home more wind and rain resistant.
“Having well-sealed windows will help reduce wind problems,” Chapman-Henderson said.
Chapman-Henderson also suggested going into your attic and taking some premium flooring adhesive and running about 1/4 inch of it through a caulking gun down the joint between the roof decking and the rafter will also help increase roof safety.
Chapman-Henderson also suggested replacing a garage door with one that is wind resistant over one of the lighter ones many people use today. Checking a garage door opener’s tracks to make sure it hasn’t come loose can help keep the garage door from becoming a projectile during a storm.
Removing debris before a storm, such as lawn gnomes, lawn furniture and even plants, can help keep a home safe as well, Chapman-Henderson said.
Visiting www.flash.org can provide other tips, including a do-it-yourself inspection or things to look for which can make a home safer during a tornado.