Importance of Tornado Preparedness
In an earlier article we discussed the importance of being prepared for a tornado in your home and community. We talked about the importance of being properly equipped for emergency situations, such as power outages and floods. We also mentioned the importance of knowing when to call the authorities and where to find emergency supplies, like food and water. Now, let’s discuss preparing for a tornado that may impact your home and community.
Tornado preparedness for your home starts with having a basic emergency kit, complete with first aid kits, food, water, and safety supplies. It is recommended that you have at least five days worth of supplies for you and your family if you are home. It is also recommended that you have a preparedness kit in case of a more severe tornado.
Your kit should contain a digital thermometer, which can tell you if the storm is a severe storm or a tornado. You should also have a flashlight, a rescue whistle, and a watch to alert you to imminent dangers. A cell phone should be able to make and receive a phone signal. A small container for keeping food and water should be included.
In order to fully prepare for emergency preparedness, consider purchasing a few storm preparedness guides, so that you can be properly prepared and ready for a worst case scenario. Having a guide will be an effective way to become aware of what needs to be done in advance of a tornado, and will also allow you to learn how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
If you live in an area that is prone to severe weather, you need to become familiar with emergency response services, like local emergency services, and your local fire department. Having these two agencies on your side will help you know what to do in case of an emergency. It is important to know that any phone lines should be shut off immediately after use. It is also important to turn off your cell phone charger if you don’t need it.
It is also important to be aware of debris storms, because tornadoes are the strongest tornadoes that are formed in storms. You should be on the lookout for storm debris before the tornado forms. If you see damaged tree limbs, power lines, or other debris around your home, take measures to get them out of the path of the storm and away from your home.
The best way to protect your home against a tornado is to protect yourself. The tornado ready kit will help you learn what to do and prevent a tragic outcome.
Getting prepared is not difficult, it is only smart to prepare for disasters that can affect your home, and community. Once you get up to date on what to do in a tornado, or other dangerous weather, you can be able to take advantage of emergency preparedness.