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Oklahomans should develop 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.
by Bryan Painter Published: March 9, 2014
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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 safety kit

These items would be 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.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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