Here's A Safety Checklist In The Event Of A Tornado

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Tornado Check Lists 

So the old saying really is true… “It’s better to be prepared rather than scared!”  Therefore, I’ve scanned a few helpful sites to compile some suggestions to help be ready in the event of a storm…

Along with the items you have in your storm shelter, it’s good to have a bag ready to go, especially with smaller children. Then, you can head for shelter without delay, in case of an emergency.

Some items to consider packing: 

  • Phone Lists
  • Social Security Cards / Birth Certificates
  • Hard Drive Backups (sometimes I take pictures of home and valuables for insurance purposes)
  • Wills
  • Insurance Info, cards and whatnot
  • Passports and banking info 

Adults need items like:

  • Jeans / Long Sleeve Shirts / Sturdy Shoes
  • Bike Helmets
  • Wallets / Purses
  • Phone / Chargers 
  • Valuables / Special pictures
  • Toilet Paper / Contacts  / Glasses
  • 2 days worth of medications
  • Undies / Socks 
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight 
  • Poncho 

For The Kiddos: 

  • Jeans / Long Sleeve Shirts / Sturdy Shoes
  • Undies / Socks 
  • Bike Helmet
  • Contacts / Glasses
  • 2 days worth of medications
  • Toiletries 
  • Flashlight
  • Poncho
  • Pillow
  • Book or Entertainment devices

Here's our trampoline one year, as a storm dropped it in our pool

Infants will also need…

  • Sterile Water
  • Formula
  • Diapers / Wipes
  • Any necessary infant medication (with dosing chart)
  • Blanket 

And don’t forget about your pets…

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Pet Food
  • Pet Meds
  • Chewies
  • Make sure they’re wearing dog tags 

Right!  Then, so what’s in the shelter?

How about…


  • Bottled Water
  • Energy or Granola Bars
  • Canned Soup or Fruits
  • Hard candies
  • Jerky
  • Peanut Butter Crackers 
  • Meat Sticks 

And of course items like: 

  • Battery operated fans, lanterns & solar chargers
  • Batteries 
  • Ziplock Bags / Trash Bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Toilet Paper / Paper Towels
  • Plastic wear
  • Pet Bowls 

It’s smart to include some hardware items as well…

  • Dust Masks
  • Small Tools
  • Utility Knife 
  • 5 gallon bucket 
  • Tarps 
  • A winch (if not already included in shelter)
  • Should make sure shelter is registered

It’s Basic Survival!  What each person needs is:

  • Water - 3 gallons per person
  • Food - 48 hours worth for each, is what they suggest
  • Necessary Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Dust Masks
  • Emergency Weather Radio and devices with iHeart Radio App downloaded, for continuous live weather coverage
  • Flashlights 
  • Batteries
  • Device Chargers
  • 5 gallon bucket 
  • 2-4 ton winch to get out
  • Toilet Paper
  • Consider keeping some cash on you (experts suggest around $100 broken into $10s & $20s)

What would you add to this list?  

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