Use the guidelines below to develop a personal tornado safety plan for you and your family. Remember you need to have a plan for wherever you may be when a tornado strikes — at home, at school, at work, on the road or in a public building.
Developing a tornado safety kit
These items would be extremely useful to have in your storm shelter, or to take with you to your storm shelter, when severe weather strikes.
• Disaster supply kit: You should store your emergency supplies as close to your shelter as possible.
• Battery-operated weather radio: You will want to be able to monitor the latest information directly from the National Weather Service.
• A map to track storms: You will need to be able to track the progress of the storm. Because warning texts include county names, a county outline map of your area is a great thing to keep handy. You might also keep a state highway map, which includes most of the cities and towns referred to in National Weather Service warnings and statements.
• Shoes: This will be very important if your home is damaged and you must walk across broken glass or other debris.
• Identification: You may need identification to move around in the area should significant damage occur.
• Your car keys.
Other things to consider
• Papers: If you have a safe room or other shelter area, you might consider storing important papers and other irreplaceable items in the shelter if space permits.
• Batteries: Check and replace batteries in your weather radio, flashlights and other devices in your safety kit often, preferably twice a year. Do this at the same time you set clocks back/ahead in the spring and fall.
• Maintain: Check your disaster supplies kit often to maintain fresh food and water.
• Cover: Make sure you have something to cover up with. Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or a mattress could help to protect you from falling/flying debris.
SOURCE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
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