Emergency Management News

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Do you have a Safe Shelter? #OKwx #AltusOK

Room for Safety

FEMA tornado publication
Safe rooms are a good way to protect you and your family or employees from hurricanes or tornadoes. Having a safe room for your home or business can help provide “near-absolute protection”  from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.

Are you interested in building a safe room for your home or small business? Download FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, and FEMA P-361 Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms. These publications help home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best safe room for their needs.

To learn more about safe rooms, visit fema.gov/safe-rooms. You can also check out this list of FAQs.
If a safe room in not available during a hurricane, the best protective action is to evacuate before the hurricane makes landfall. Otherwise, seek the best available shelter:
  • Go to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of a sturdy building; for a hurricane, make sure the room is not subject to flooding;
  • Cover yourself with any materials that may provide protection from debris, such as cushions, a sleeping bag, or a blanket; and
  • Kneel down and bend over into a ball, and cover your head and neck with your arms.
To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during severe weather, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website.

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