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Can a Steel Building Withstand a Tornado?

Durable and Dependable

Severe storms that resulted in tornadoes hit parts of the Southeast April 2020 in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday. The storms caused damage to affected areas, leaving at least eight residents dead and others injured, according to WSB-TV Atlanta. This natural disaster is another unfortunate reminder that Mother Nature is so mighty and powerful. We can’t stop these events from happening, but we can plan for them by equipping ourselves with structures designed to withstand these forces. If you are a steel building owner or are in the market for one, then you may be wondering how these structures stand against tornado force winds. Let’s take a look into whether a steel building can withstand a tornado.

Structural Benefits of Steel Buildings100 x 100 Steel Building Kits

Many business owners choose steel buildings because they are affordable and can be assembled quickly, making for a fast and low-cost turnaround. While many benefits can be found upfront, steel buildings are great investments because they offer long-term benefits as well—in fact, that’s where they thrive. As low-maintenance structures, steel buildings are durable and offer great protection for your assets for years to come.

The strength of steel is a great benefit for your facility, especially if located in an area that commonly gets high-force natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Steel buildings can withstand forces up to 170 mph. Tornadoes, however, cause damage in more ways than just wind—moisture, flying debris, and fires caused by tornadoes may also result in damage. Steel buildings are great for keeping your equipment dry, minimizing mold and mildew, while also being fire-resistant structures. Natural elements are out of our control, but the dependability and durability of steel buildings will help business owners to minimize damage where possible.

Of Course, Safety is the No. 1 Priority

Steel buildings are great for protecting equipment and workplaces, but they also will protect your top assets: your employees. As long as your employees are practicing great workplace tornado safety, steel buildings will do their part in protecting personnel from the forces of nature. We need to take proper precautions when natural disasters come our way, so please review the tornado preparedness and response guidelines as outlined by OSHA.

Workplace Tornado Preparedness

Buildings You Can Trust, A Team You Can Trust

At Arco Building Systems, we of course provide quality steel buildings that will benefit your operations, but that all starts with our helpful customer service. Our team is knowledgable and can help guide your company to a building that will be the best option for your business and its services. If you have more questions about our buildings and how they are great for protecting your assets, feel free to reach out to our team. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Reach out to us today at 1-800-241-8339 or by requesting a quote on our website for specialized support. Be a part of our online community by connecting with us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for more on how our steel buildings and other products can benefit your services.


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