Posts Tagged ‘high winds’

Oklahoma Tornado

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

tornado03 1 610x344 Oklahoma TornadoAs so many people in the country we have been watching the news coming out of Oklahoma.  Our hearts go out to the families that have lost loved ones, people who have lost their homes or their businesses, and everyone affected by the tornado.  We wish a speedy recovery to all of those who were injured.

In crisis like the one in Oklahoma domes can make great temporary disaster shelters.  A 16’ dome can be built in three hours by two people with only basic hand tools and no heavy equipment.  Speedy efficient shelter becomes a high priority in this kind of a disaster until homes can be rebuilt.  Our steel frames are also hurricane rated.  A heavy duty frame, when properly anchored, can withstand winds of up to 160 miles per hour (our standard frame is rated up to 100 miles per hour.)  Making domes very secure and stable structures.  Consider a dome as part of your family’s disaster readiness plan.

During non-disaster times domes can also make great spaces on your property for extra storage, art / yoga studios, or a guesthouse.

If you have family in the affected area that you cannot reach the Red Cross has set up a web site to allow people to find their relatives.  We hope that if you are going to this site you find good news.

 

 

Here are some general safety tips from the CDC if you are currently in the affected area:

  • Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
  • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves, and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood, or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even outside near an open window, door, or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO)–an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it–from these sources can build up in your home, garage, or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
  • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
  • Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
  • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management, and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts, and you could endanger yourself.
  • After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical, or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.
  • In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas, and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
  • If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal’s office, and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Emergency Shelter may become a great need due to Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

HurricanSandy1 300x264 Emergency Shelter may become a great need due to Hurricane SandyEmergency Shelter is a big consideration as Hurricane Sandy lurches towards the land.   One of the most immediate and important needs after disaster strikes is safe, reliable, portable and efficient shelter.  First response and disaster management organizations worldwide are discovering that geodesic domes are ideal for emergency relief and disaster shelters. Domes provide the safety you need in emergency scenarios, quickly and without hassle.  Domes are easy-to-use, multi-purpose structures that solve immediate problems–keeping people dry, comfortable and safe. Domes are ideal for emergency shelters, command headquarters, housing, medical stations, supply storage and more.

Geodesic domes are the strongest structure yet devised by humans. The geodome’s architecturally engineered strength provides housing for those that are displaced, or provides effective care facilities. Their ultimate durability has proven that domes are the safest structure in earthquakes and can withstand hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy snow loads, and more. DomeGuys dome covers are waterproof, windproof, UV-protected and fire-retardant.

www.ready.gov gives this advice if you are in an active hurricane situation:

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

 

We are sending our love and highest intentions to all of those bracing for the storm tonight.

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Take a look at our Disaster Relief Information and read about DGI’s geodesic domes in severe weather.

Contact us to order a disaster relief dome for your family or community.

 

Disaster Strikes…Be Prepared With A DGI Dome /

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

No matter what time of year, people regularly face the destructive forces of nature. Nature is indiscriminate when it comes to earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, mudslides, gale-force winds, sand-storms, and flash floods. Just this week, over two dozen homes were damaged by a tornado that rolled through small towns south of San Antonio, Texas, and a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Guerrero and Oaxaca, Mexico destroying over 2,000 homes.

In response to these kinds of natural disasters, DomeGuys International provides Disaster Relief domes. Geodesic domes are an excellent solution to whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Domes offer excellent, immediate emergency shelter in the wake of a disaster. Geodesic domes are resilient structures that hold up under high winds and heavy loads. They are quick to assemble and disassemble, providing a quick and easy solution in a devastated area.

Not currently affected by a natural disaster, but want to be prepared in the event of one? Geodesic domes store well, using a minimal amount of space. Keep a dome on hand in the event that disaster strikes, or set it up now as your survival outpost.

Read more about ways to use DGI’s geodesic domes for your disaster relief, then contact us to order your disaster relief dome.

Take a look at our earlier relief work in Japan, or read about DGI’s geodesic domes in severe weather.