An F2 tornado touched down in midtown Tulsa last Sunday, August 6th. The tornado managed to damage 173 businesses and 25 Tulsa area homes. One home was completely destroyed while 10 businesses were condemned due to the destruction inflicted upon them. While some people were injured, no one died from the tornado. With the news of this latest tornado, it prompted us to remind residents about our city’s Tulsa Storm Shelter registration.
Tulsa Storm Shelter Registration
When you live in “tornado alley”, you expect that, at some point, you’ll find yourself in or near a tornado. Many Tulsa homes include their own storm shelters for protection. However, in the case of extreme damage to your immediate area, first responders may have a difficult time locating these shelters. If they can’t find anyone in your home, they move on to the next location to help others. You don’t want to be left behind. That’s why you need to utilize the Tulsa Storm Shelter registration.
How to Register Your Tulsa Storm Shelter
Anyone can register their storm shelter (aka “safe room”) online with their utility account number. Only those shelters located within Tulsa’s city limits can be registered. After you register your shelter, call 311 to schedule a time for Tulsa Fire Department personnel to come to your home. At that time, they mark your shelter’s exact GPS coordinates. Then, they enter these coordinates into the Tulsa Storm Shelter registration data base. The same can be done for your business.
What is Considered a “Safe Room”?
All shelters must meet specific guidelines to be considered a “safe room”. For example, a closet, bathroom or storage room can be used as a safe room if it meets FEMA’s requirements. Closets and storage rooms typically contain only one door and no windows. While bathrooms usually have windows, they tend to be smaller. You also have the advantage of a water supply as well as toilet in the bathroom. Download FEMA’s “Taking Shelter from the Storm” guide to determine whether your safe room meets these guidelines.
We hope everyone made it through Sunday’s tornado alright. Buildings can be replaced. People can’t. Now’s also a good time to talk to your insurance agent about whether your homeowner’s insurance covers natural disasters. If not, find out what you need to do to be properly insured for the future. Then, you’ll be ready in case disaster strikes you directly.
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