Tornado Safety: Supplies to Have in Case of Emergency
A tornado can be a frightening event, but you can rest easier if you know you’re prepared for a tornado emergency. Part of being prepared is having all the supplies you need if a disaster does happen. Today in the Stronghold Safe Room blog, we’ll talk about tornado safety supplies you should have on hand in case a tornado does strike.
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Make a List
Before going out and gathering your tornado safety supplies, make a list so you don’t forget anything. Here are the supplies we recommend always having on hand:
A weather radio keeps you informed about what’s going on outside. If you’re in a storm shelter, or if your power is out, a weather radio lets you know where the tornado is and if it’s safe to come out of the shelter.
An important rule of tornado safety is not to leave a safe area until you know the storm has passed. Good weather radios come with solar power and hand cranks, so you don’t have to worry about them running out of energy.
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In case you’re trapped or you need to stay in the shelter for awhile, it’s good to have a supply of food on hand. Canned food and non-perishable items are the best options here.
First Aid Kit
Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand in case someone is hurt. It will have the materials you need for minor cuts and injuries.
Flashlight with Extra Batteries
If the power goes out, you don’t want to be left in the dark. Make sure you have a working flashlight, as well as some extra batteries in case the first ones run out.
Cell Phone Charger and Backup Battery
Your cell phone is a highly useful tool in case of an emergency. You can let people know you’re safe, you can check the weather, and much more. Make sure you have a backup battery for your cell phone so you can keep it charged through the duration of the storm.
You could also go one step further and pick up a cheap, pay-as-you-go phone that doesn’t do anything other than text or call. Batteries on these phones last much longer, so they serve as a great back-up.
Dust Mask and Ear Plugs
These are items not everyone has in their tornado safety kit, but should. The sound of a tornado can be deafening, so having earplugs can help with this. Also, if debris and dust are being kicked up, it’s good to have a dust mask to keep you from breathing it in.
If you’re trapped during a tornado, you want rescue workers to be able to find you. Having a whistle to signal for help in your tornado safety kit is essential.
Tornado Safety with Stronghold Safe Room
One of the best tornado safety tools you can have is a storm shelter. Stronghold Safe Room provides strong, reliable storm shelters to keep you safe in case of emergency. Contact us today for more information about our safe rooms, and check back with our blog for more safety tips.