Community Storm Shelters: How They’re Saving Lives After Tornadoes Strike Across the Country
If you’re in the United States, you’ve no doubt seen the recent news on the spate of tornadoes sweeping across the Midwest and southeastern United States this week. If you’re following along at home, it looks like severe storms have torn through communities in at least seven states so far—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee—with some of those states reporting multiple twisters touching down as part of the same system.
The high death toll from tornados this year
More than 300 people have died in over 20 tornados that have struck across parts of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Meteorologists warn that more could be on their way and that southern Indiana could see a substantial tornado outbreak between 4 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET Sunday evening, AccuWeather reports.
How community storm shelters are being put in place for safety
Storm shelters have traditionally been exclusive to residential homes, schools and public places, but they’re now making their way into corporate settings as well. You may know that there are storm shelters in place throughout many of our public institutions and shopping malls, but what you might not know is that a growing number of companies are also taking shelter seriously. Given how devastating tornados can be, it’s understandable why so many companies want to do everything they can to protect their employees, customers and other members of their community.
What you can do to help in your business
There are a few things you can do to help ensure you and your business are prepared for disaster. FEMA compliant storm shelters are an effective way to help ensure your safety during a tornado or other natural disaster. These shelters offer protection against tornados, as well as hurricane force winds, and other potentially life-threatening scenarios. Installing one is an excellent first step toward helping reduce damage at your company in case of a future tornado strike—or any disaster.
Founding CEO of BlackSmith Ventures