Do You Have a Safety Plan in Place?
Severe weather passed through Clarksville this past weekend on Saturday night. A couple of neighborhoods suffered severe damage and several homes were declared condemned. Dozens more had damage and 3 of my homes under construction got some amount of damage.
Thankfully there were very few injuries reported in the storm area and nobody was killed. A few people were taken to area hospitals as a precaution.
Part of the reason that people stayed safe is that they listened to the warnings and took action to get in from the storms. For years, the National Weather Service has asked everyone to have a plan and to identify a safe place in their homes to ride out the storm. When the warnings were being broadcast on weather alerts, local radio and TV stations, people took action. The time was very specific when the storms would pass through and people gathered their children and got into their safe places.
When the tornadoes touched down they created lots of destruction. At least one of the tornadoes has been identified to be an F-2 strength. They skipped across a several mile path, destroying some homes, barely touching others and ripping shingles, breaking glass and slinging debris in a haphazard way. Yards and streets were littered and thankfully because of underground electric, power never went out.
I talked to some of my past clients that were at home as the storm passed directly over their home. They had several thousands dollars worth of damage, were not hurt and can still remain in their home while repairs are being done. The neighbors on each side of them were not so lucky. One house was leveled. Another was damaged so badly that the family must move out.
Down the street a house had siding torn off, windows blown out, garage door buckled and roof sections off. Across the street from that house a home appeared relatively untouched with rockers still sitting upright on the front porch and a decorative wreath on the front door. It is hard to understand how so much force can wreak so much havoc and miss other homes so close.
Here are some precautions to take during stormy weather:
- Get a weather radio. They are about $40 at the local discount store and worth every penny. Set it up to receive weather conditions in your area.
- Listen for the sirens alarms. They are mounted throughout the city and the sound will travel for miles.
- Watch your local TV stations with radar that will get you the path the storms are taking, giving you time to get safe.
- If in your car, don't try to out run a storm. If it is upon you, stop hyour vehicle and find a ditch or low area and lay flat with your arms protecting your head and body as best you can.
- Download an app on your phone to have alerts sent directly to your phone. Keep your phone charged or have a battery pack available to keep you alerted if power should go off.
- Identify a safe place in your home. This is usually in the center of the home at the lowest level and away from windows and glass. Blankets and pillows will help protect you from falling debris.
- Keep flashlights and batteries handy and keep bottled water on hand to move to your safe place.
- Don't forget your pets. They are part of the family and can freak out during storms so make room for them, too.
This information is provided by The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.
2130 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
Clarksville, TN 37040
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