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Basic Tornado Safety Guidelines

 haltom city firerescue logoHaltom City encourages all citizens to maintain situational awareness during severe weather events and be prepared to "shelter" in place if necessary. Here are basic tornado safety tips that will help you find the most ideal location to take shelter during a storm:

  • Find and situate yourself in the lowest possible level of a building or structure, such as the first floor, basement or storm cellar
  • Take cover in an interior room with no windows, such as a closet or bathroom
  • Get underneath a sturdy piece of furniture and cover your neck and head
  • Avoid places/rooms with wide-span roofs (cafeterias, gymnasiums, shopping malls)
  • Mobile homes are not safe shelters; make plans, before storm season arrives, to take shelter at a qualified designated location
  • Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to an apartment on the lowest level of the complex...contact your leasing office
  • Do not attempt to "outrun" a tornado in your automobile, instead seek shelter inside a nearby building...and do not take shelter in a facility with a wide-span roof
  • If stranded outside lie down in a ditch or low lying area away from any vehicles, while remaining aware of possible flash flooding
  • Do not seek shelter underneath a bridge or overpass

Haltom City does not have public storm shelters. While they may seem like a good idea they often come with more risks than benefits to residents, including:

  • Opening public buildings as storm shelters gives a false sense of security and offers no more protection than a well-built residential structure
  • Traveling to a public storm shelter could put you at greater risk than if you took shelter in your current location...also traffic is likely to get congested if everyone is heading towards one location and an automobile is one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado
  • Tornadoes can occur at night, so if a serious storm wakes you at 2:00 a.m. there likely won’t be enough time to gather your family members, load them into a car and drive to a storm shelter...taking shelter in place affords you the quickest and best protection for a short notice event such as a tornado
  • The City has not built public storm shelters because it would be impossible to shelter even a small percentage of the population...if we were to do this, we are required to build enough shelters to hold more than over 200,000 residents

More information about tornado safety can be found at ready.gov and noaa.com.

 

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