By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 10, 2014
Immediate survival is often the first priority for many Americans when preparing for a severe weather disaster, but looking ahead into the hours and days following the storm is just as important for preparation, according to one safe room manufacturer.
“People don’t think past survival (initially),” Tornado Alley Armor Owner Monty McGee said.
McGee and his wife, Leslie, own and operate Oklahoma-based Tornado Alley Armor and specialize in custom, modular safe rooms.
Their business is a member of the National Storm Shelter Association, or NSSA, which was founded to provide quality control and industry standards for storm shelters that are available to consumers.
“If you think about it from the perspective of the door swinging open, and your house is gone, you’re going to need things like food, clothing, tennis shoes and emergency supplies,” McGee said. “Anything you will need looking forward into the days and hours after the storm.”
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Shelter Safety: What to Look For
It is important to make sure the storm shelter is safe and provides an escape if the door is blocked by potential debris, Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Mike Smith said.
“You want to make sure that the door to your storm shelter opens inward,” Smith said.
During severe weather, entrapment is a major concern.