Now is Peak Tornado Season for Texas - R U Prepared?

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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.




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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Very scary those tornadoes, Patricia. I'm in an area where quite a number hit places not too far from Charlotte so I'm always hearing tornado warnings on the radio and tv. Great tips.

May 11, 2019 01:23 PM #1
Thomas Baker, CRS
Thomas Baker Team - La Jolla, CA
Serving our Clients and Communities since 1984!

You can not give too many preparation messages about potential extreme weather. A good site for planning is As a 30 year Coast Guard Veteran, I can tell first hand that a plan can make a huge difference.


May 11, 2019 06:54 PM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I don’t live in tornado country and common sense tells me that all your points are valid Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

May 11, 2019 07:16 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - while your post was not written on Mother's Day it serves as a reminder that Moms everywhere know that preparation is key.  We can't prevent disasters but Mother often knows best.... 

Have a nice day.  On Sunday and every day.  

May 12, 2019 04:31 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, MRP - First of all - Happy Mother's Day!

You provided a great list for those who live in an area of tornadoes should bookmark and take heed!  

When I lived in California, I had to be careful of fire, flood, drought, earthquakes, and high wind damage. My main worry in Sedona is a hail storm or microburst. However, we all need to be prepared for what natural disasters may affect our area.  

May 12, 2019 07:30 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I am glad to we rarely have a tornado around here.  I will gladly deal with the blizzards instead of the tornado's.

May 12, 2019 01:28 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder for area residents.

Be prepared and stay safe. Family security should always be a priority.

May 17, 2019 07:26 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Patricia growing up in MN I knew how destructive and dangerous Tornados could be. My aunt and uncle had just completed their dream home on a lake and six months later it was pretty much destoyed but thankfully nobody was hurt - by a miracle for sure. I didn't realize Texas had Tornados. I knew more about Oklahoma and they get a lot of them. Do people build underground shelters in TX?

May 18, 2019 03:04 PM #8
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