How Can I Make My Home Safer During a Tornado?

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When designing or planning a new home in the Midwest, tornado-resistant construction practices can be an essential part of ensuring safety for your family. With the potential of wind speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, no home can be impervious to the incredible destructive power of tornadoes — but there are steps you can take to improve your family’s safety if the worst were to occur. In today’s blog, the Stronghold Safe Room team will discuss a few ways you can improve your home’s durability to improve your chances of escaping a tornado alive.

The Basics

There are a few decisions you can make when planning your construction that will immediately improve your home’s tornado-resistance. First, the choice of a single-story home versus a multiple-story home can make quite a difference. Single-story homes are about 25% less likely to sustain catastrophic damage from high-speed winds according to the National Association of Home Builders. 

Brick, wood, or fiber cement siding performs better than vinyl, and your choice of material is a crucial factor in your home’s ability to withstand high-speed winds. However, the most significant risk to the integrity of your home is not the wind, but the debris that is being carried by it. No home can resist projectiles launched by tornado winds — unless you were to design a missile-proof concrete bunker. So how can you best protect your family?

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Invest in a Safe Room

The number one way to protect your family during a tornado is by installing a safe room in your home. Don’t just take our word for it, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says they “strongly encourage homeowners and communities to build safe rooms.” The reality is, the best way to ensure you remain safe in the event of a tornado is by investing in a safe room for your home.

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Stronghold Safe Rooms Is Southwest Missouri’s Premier Safe Room Manufacturer

Don’t wait for a tornado to strike before preparing your home. Stronghold Safe Rooms Z4 Safe Room is the first safe room in the nation to offer 4 zones of family protection. If you need help choosing the right safe room for your home — contact our team today at 877-883-0733. We offer affordable financing options to help every family get the protection they need.