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Planning ahead for severe Oklahoma weather

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.
Staff reports Modified: March 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm •  Published: March 26, 2011
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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 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.

Battery-operated television and/or radio: This will allow you to monitor news and severe weather information. Radios that offer television audio can be helpful. Also, many television stations simulcast their broadcasts on AM or FM radio stations.

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: If your car is drivable, you will need the keys to be able to use it.

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