TULSA - Living in "Tornado Alley," tornadoes and rough storms are very common.
The Sooner state may see more of these unpredictable and dangerous storms than other states, but you don't have to be unprepared when a tornado touches down in your area.
It's never too early to prepare and learn how to protect your family and your home from disaster.
According to the Weather Channel, structures built to meet or exceed current model building codes for high-wind regions have a much better chance of surviving violent windstorms.
When inspecting your home, pay particular attention to the windows, doors, roof, gables and connections. These areas need to be secure and stable in the event of a tornado.
Also, it is important to make sure your home is inspected professionally so that it can withstand strong storms that may arise.
In order to protect your home, remember to keep trees or shrubbery trimmed, remove debris or any loose items in your yard, and consider installing permanent shutters to cover windows.
For more information on ways to protect your home from a tornado, visit FEMA's website .
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