by Patricia Feager, 5/11/19
Texas is now in its peak Tornado Season. The most recent tornados were four on May 4, 2019. Kids, stormwater, and ditches do not mix. Do you know what to do in case of a tornado and are you prepared, taking necessary precautions if necessary?
Tornadoes are dangerous storms that can cause major damage to people, property, animals, infrastructure, schools, churches, public places, commercial buildings, vehicles, and landscaping. Below are some things you can do:
Update Medical and Insurance Documents and store them in a Safety Deposit Box
- Check Home Insurance - Are you insured and are you adequately insured?
- Estimated Property Taxes were mailed in April, do you have enough to rebuild?
- What are you covered for in case of a tornado or natural disaster?
- If you own antiques or art, are you covered?
- Is your auto insurance up-to-date?
- Are your medical records and emergency contacts up-to-date?
- If you are in need of medical prescriptions, where is it recorded?
- Does your family know what to do in case of an emergency?
- The best time to have a roof replaced due to hail is August or September, not May-July
- Trim your trees and get rid of dead branches or trees that may fly like rockets
- Repair fences and posts
- Repair glass and lose building materials
- Stay away from doors and windows during tornado warnings
- Secure patio furniture and outdoor equipment
- Make sure garage doors are inspected annually
Know How to Turn Off Utilities and what to do in an Emergency
- Gas and water leakers are dangerous
- Never touch or go near downed electrical lines
- Keep bottles of water in case of emergency
- All it takes is six inches in water to get in trouble
- Autos can lose traction and hydroplane
- 24 inches can make a car float away
Below are photos I took in an area of Forney where I had a house listed for sale in 2012. In case of a tornado, a sale will not go on.