theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Editorials

September 22, 2013

Be prepared: Maintain storm shelter regularly

Ada — Knowing ahead of time exactly where you will go if bad weather hits could help save your life. If that safe place is a shelter built in your house, it is a good idea to make sure it is ready to go at a moment’s notice.

It is absolutely critical that your shelter is well maintained because often you only have a short time to get to safety. When a storm is bearing down, the last thing you want to deal with is a sticky or broken latch, pests or some other issue that interferes with getting your family to safety.

Setting aside time to regularly inspect your shelter is one way to ensure everything stays in working order. One easy way to remember this all-important task is to schedule it each fall and spring at the same time as Daylight Saving Time.

No matter when the inspection takes place, it should always include making sure door handles and hinges are working properly and that the structure is free of standing water and pests. Also make sure it is equipped with the appropriate supplies, including an emergency kit for your family as well as your pets.

You should have enough food, water and other supplies to last at least three days. If any of your family members have specific needs, such as medicine or diapers and formula for a small child, don’t forget to plan for that as well.

For a detailed list of recommended items for an emergency kit, visit www.ready.gov.

It is also very important to remember to use your shelter for its intended purpose, and not as an extra closet. Resist storing your Christmas decorations or off-season clothes in your shelter. It’s designed to save your life. If you can’t fit or if the items could harm you during a storm, you’re defeating the purpose of having that extra protection.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Tom Yarbrough Guest Columnist Life threatening concerns

    We live in a day when most personal boundaries have collapsed. If we consider all the available electronic connectedness, we could say all boundaries have buckled. While easy connectedness may have some positive merit, if viewed with God principles, many results seem negative because of an emerging fear.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matthew Parham Guest Columnist High-stakes testing is not the answer

    Everyone knows the feeling.  It’s probably pretty early in the morning.  You’ve got your No. 2 pencil in hand, crisply sharpened and ready for action.  Months have been spent agonizing over the importance of the standardized test you are about to take.  I hope you’re ready, because your entire future could be riding on your performance.  But should this be the case?  I don’t think so.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Duncan The roll call of the misfits

     The roll call of the faithful in Hebrews 11 is designed to inspire us and give us hope. Comparing our difficulties with theirs gives us some perspective when the problems of life feel overwhelming. There are some pretty terrible and overwhelming struggles described there. 

     

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaylin Cullum Guest Columnist Where the sidewalk ends

    I remember getting the call one night three years ago. One of my best friends had been hit by a car.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor

    April 16, 2014

  • Money, Money, Money, Money, Money

    Whenever James Truslow Adams coined the term “the American Dream,” he probably never envisioned the nightmare that it would become. 

    April 11, 2014

  • Lyin' Eyes

    When I was down in Brazil, I went into a shop to practice my Portuguese and buy a Pepsi. 

    April 9, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan How Is Your Adventure Going?

    I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s music, at least, most of it. Before my last trip to Romania, I recorded some favorite tunes from different artists that spoke something I needed for the trip. The words to his song, "The Great Adventure" were perfect for me.

     

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Art Lawler Inflexible thought is a growing problem

    You remember the Dixie Chicks, of course. The band that told foreigners how embarrassed we were of President George Bush?

     

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Who deserves the praise?

    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”— Matthew 6:1

    April 4, 2014

AP Video
Stocks
Poll

Do you think Russia President Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine?

Yes
No
     View Results