How to Prepare for & Survive Tornadoes in Texas?

April 20, 2022

One of the many natural disasters we face today is the dynamic weather system with meteorological and climate phenomena. There are many different forms of these weather systems, and each has its name. These natural disasters include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, and typhoons. Depending on the strength, a regular storm can convert into a national tragedy, and all it may take is seconds.

Many different types of disasters are caused by dynamic weather patterns, such as storm surge flooding and environmental disaster reactions, including industrial explosive releases. Still, tornadoes are the most common, especially when talking about Texas.

How To Act In the Face Of A Looming Disaster

With advancements in technology, we usually know when severe weather conditions are on their way. But what should you do when you know that your home is in the red zone and a disaster is imminent, and there isn’t anything you can do about it? Some things never change, and among them are immutable laws of nature; our modern-day society needs to act like them and act fast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had issued a tornado warning for Northeast Texas on March 21st, 2022, and tornado safety alerts were issued for these regions. But what do you do when you know your home is in the way of a Tornado? There is no safe place to go, and waiting it out is not an option. Here are some lifesaving tips which, if remembered, can come in useful: 

  • It is understandable and expected for people not to heed the warning signs in front of them because tornadoes are rare events. But all it takes is just a few seconds, so a person can avoid getting hurt or killed from falling and flying debris if they evacuate a vulnerable building after the warnings go off.
  • People should evacuate their homes to a safe place at least six miles out of the tornado’s path.
  • Take cover in the basement of your home if you have one.
  • What should you do if a tornado is dropping down on your house, but you cannot run and don’t have a basement in your home? First, take cover under a piece of furniture sturdy enough or small enough so that it doesn’t break upon impact with the floor (a sink would be best). Then, protect yourself until things calm down.
  • Try to shelter in a room with no windows; the risk of harboring in a room with windows has a high chance of getting busted out by shattering the window. Also, because glass shatters everywhere during a tornado, they are highly likely to injure you, even if in a shelter.
  • During a tornado’s approach, stay inside or find a designated assembly area where all evacuees are gathered. Stay calm but be careful to make sure you don’t fall/struggle or trip and fall.
  • Keep food items and items like flashlights, firearms, and radios accessible.
  • Get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench) for added protection. Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not get near downed power lines because they can shock you and send currents down your body. Likewise, be careful when staying around places with live wires.
  • If the tornado warning ends, keep doors closed but don’t re-enter the house until the storm has passed.

The Aftermath Of Tornado In Round Rock

In Round Rock, Texas, Tornado watch constantly updated people and provided real-time information on the likelihood of a looming tornado. Still, unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, you can never be ready enough for an actual tornado coming at you. Despite the warnings ahead of time, the Round Rock Tornado left 16 injured with trees and poles blown down, and several homes sustained roof damage with large sections of the roof blown off many houses. Dan Williams, who has lived in Round Rock for more than 17 years, had his home hit as well. Another resident of 30 years had his home’s roof completely blown away. 

“Our team at Black Belt Roofing is with you during these trying times and has been on top of homes fixing roofs for people to move back in since the tornado hit, ” says the Black Belt Roofing Solutions CEO. “The roof damage was expected, but this time, the roofs of the majority of the homes seem to have suffered a lot of extensive damage; we are here to repair them as swiftly as possible since that’s our top priority.”  he says

If your home needs an inspection or roof work, contact a company with a history of doing roof work and not an avaricious company that comes and does a quick shabby job to move on to the next home, which may usually happen when a disaster of this scale strikes. Tornadoes will come and go since there is no stopping them, but having a good roofing aide by your side can make the road to recovery smoother and help you move back into the comfort of your home fast.