Before you run for shelter, read this article on some important tips on tornado preparedness. Knowing and remembering the basics is essential in order to survive and rebuild the house or building that was damaged by the disaster.
The first thing you should do is to compile a list of the items you need to have in your emergency kits. This could include items such as food, water, candles, flashlights, flashlight’s batteries, flashlight’s batteries charger, and canned goods. You could also include pet food and bottled water.
The next step is to look for the nearest store that sells emergency kits, and get them at your earliest convenience. You can also search for your emergency kits online. This would help you save a lot of time since you will be able to purchase all the supplies you need online without much hassle. Just make sure that the kit you buy has the right information on how to use it.
When you get to your shelter, keep an eye on the weather forecasts. You can usually find a few days’ worth of weather forecasts in newspapers and magazines. If you are not sure of the weather forecast, you can always ask someone around you, if you are outside, to find out what the weather is like.
Keep in mind that certain items are ideal for a certain location, and these will only need to be replaced when it is out of stock. Items such as toilet paper, bleach, and electric fans are generally not safe for a tornado shelter because they can blow into a tornado, or this might only cause suffocation for you and your family.
Make sure that you have different tools that you can use during the disaster such as flashlights, ladders, a radio, and pocket scissors. You can always look for videos on how to use these tools. Keep them in an extra kit, just in case you will need them at some point.
A few items that will come in handy, especially during a storm, are contact lens solution, electrical power, and fire extinguishers. You should also have a phone that is used only when it is needed. It should be unbreakable and easily accessible.
Going into a shelter at any time during the day is always a good idea, especially if it is cloudy. Stay in your shelter for as long as you can and listen to what the people around you are saying about the weather and other details about the disaster.