Tornado Season Is Upon Your Dallas HOA

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 By: Metroplex
The month of March marks the beginning of the active tornado season in Texas. With wind speeds reaching more than 250 mph, tornadoes are some of nature’s most devastating storms. Preparing your family’s home by having an emergency plan in place is very important in keeping your family safe and lessening the effects a tornado can have on your home. Check with your Dallas HOA management company for your association’s emergency plan.
One of several tornadoes observed by the VORTE...

Category F5 tornado (upgraded from initial estimate of F4) viewed from the southeast as it approached Elie, Manitoba on Friday, June 22nd, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preparation Tips for a Tornado:
  • Know the terms that are used to identify and label different tornado hazards. Is it merely a thunderstorm warning or is it a tornado warning? Knowing the difference between a watch and a warning is very important. A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning means a tornado has actually been spotted in your area, and you need to take shelter immediately!
  • Know in advance where you plan to take shelter when a tornado warning is issued. Have a plan of action for your family. Consult with your Dallas HOA management company about designated ’safe areas’ in your community (e.g. clubhouses, storm shelters, etc.).
  • When taking shelter in your home, avoid all windows! If your home has a storm cellar or basement, go there for protection. If you do not have a cellar or basement, go to the innermost room in your home (e.g. bathroom, closet, etc.).
  • Whatever you do, never try to outrun a tornado! Vehicles are easily tossed by straight line winds and are left vulnerable to wind-blown debris.

If you’re a board member or homeowner living in a Dallas HOA make sure you have adequate homeowner’s insurance coverage and that your association is covered for storm damage. Talk with your Dallas HOA management company about acquiring additional coverage during tornado season.

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