We often get questions about safety while chasing storms. This is a great subject, and here at Silver Lining Tours we take safety extremely seriously, as proof in our 17 years of operations with NO safety incidents, accidents, insurance claims or complaints.
We feel proper safety begins with each of our guides and how we conduct ourselves on the roads. Each guide is instructed on proper driving techniques in order not put ourselves in unnecessary danger. We promote safe and defensive driving at all times. There are many storm chasers out on the plains on any given day, and always being on the cautious side of driving is what we pride ourselves in. We do not promote speeding or driving “into” tornadoes, as behaviors like this can lead to accidents or worse! We have “extra’ drivers to provide breaks for those who have driven long distances each day, thus keeping everyone fresh and alert or rapidly changing road conditions.
Conducting ourselves in a safe manner around storms is also crucial. However, anytime you are around a severe thunderstorm there is inherent risk involved. We will NEVER stop in close proximity to a tornado unless there is a clear and proper escape route. We do not take unneeded risks around a storm and view them from safe distances and safe vantage points. Hydroplaning is a significant risk and by maintaining proper speeds, superb quality tires and excellent van maintenance allows us to maneuver through situations like this safely. You are our #1 priority and we do everything to make sure you are kept safe.
We have many EMTs, firefighters, policeman and doctors who are guides for us. The ownership of Silver Lining Tours is also CPR and first aid certified. We keep extensive first aid kits in the vans for everything from scratches and insect bites, to more serious situations should the need arise.
During our orientation meeting we conduct on arrival day, we provide extensive material for our guests concerning what we ask of you to keep yourself and those around you safe at all times. The last thing we want to happen is someone to get hurt while on tour. We pride ourselves with our safety record and with help from our guests, all tours are conducted in a safe manner which leads to a more enjoyable experience for everyone.