Here is a list of activities and concerns to be addressed when Preparing for an Emergency, Before the Tornado.
Go to the FEMA website and get details about tornadoes. These descriptions and lists are incomplete. They are to sensitize you to the potential for disaster and the actions you can take to help keep yourself and your family safe. Here is the Link to the page describing what to look for in a tornado. (http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes)
Preparing for an Emergency Before the Tornado
Create your Emergency Kit and Emergency Preparedness Plan!
(1) Your plan for Preparing for Emergencies should take into account all the places that you regularly go. Consider your:
• Regular methods of transportation such as trains, urban commuter transit
• Places of Worship
• Sports arenas and playing fields
• Entertainment locations such as theatres
• Shopping areas such as malls and retail centers
• Tourist and travel locations such as hotels
(2) Designate a ‘Safe Room’ in your home. Consider:
Choose a room in your home that you will prepare for surviving a tornado. Have this ‘Safe Room’ be a part of the Family Emergency Plan that you set.
• Storm cellar,
• A room on the lowest building level you can get to…
• Choose the center of an interior room (closet, interior hallway)
o It should be away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
o It should be as far from the outside as possible.
o Do not open windows!
(3) Create an Emergency Kit
• Put your emergency kit together and have it ready.
• Put the items into a container that can be easily carried; you may have to leave your home and quickly.
• Stock your kit with those items to help you survive after the emergency (at least 72 hours) as well as during the emergency.
(4) Contents for your Basic Emergency Kit include such considerations as:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First Aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Preparing for an Emergency Before the Tornado… (Go to the FEMA website and get all the details. These descriptions and lists are incomplete. They are to sensitize you to the potential for disaster and the actions you can take to help keep yourself and your family safe. Here is the Link to the page for the Basic Emergency Kit. http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit Take Action!)
Be safe out there!
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