Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 5 Tornado prep tips


5 Tornado Preparedness Tips


  1. Bring back the old school technology: a hand crank radio. It’s so easy to rely on your television reports, your phone, your laptop and now even your tablet to look up the latest information. But, those all need an outlet. If your cell phone is your operating “landline,” purchase solar powered charging mat such as this one or this one
  2. Place items in convenient places and always remember to have good, hiking shoes on hand. When interviewed by the Dodge Globe Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Jeff Hutton, said shoes were one of the most important items to have. Why? “If your house is damaged, you may have to step on glass and other debris. Having some kind of footwear is essential.”
  3. Helmets: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed wearing a helmet, specifically during tornadoes. -Any helmet will work...but here are a few examples; football helmets, bicycle helmets, or motorcycle helmets.
  4. Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the nonprofit social investment bank and financial literacy advocate Operation HOPE. The kit’s main recommendation is that  you store originals of pertinent records like birth certificates, social security cards, and even your mortgage or real estate deeds in a fireproof and waterproof metal box or safe. As a back up, store them on a portable hard drive or a flash drive. Read more here.
  5. FEMA’s basic emergency supply kit: includes a gallon of water for each person/day; a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a weather radio with alert; flashlight; if you don't get solar powered make sure you get batteries for the radio and flashlight; first aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); dust mask; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench/pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for canned food; and local maps. Click here for more information.

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