Welcome back to the FamilySAFE blog! In our post today we are going to cover the process that you should go through when you create a safety plan for when a tornado hits. This is something that every home in Tornado Alley should have and be aware of so that they have a better idea of how to prepare and care for your family during a tornado.

Emergency Kit

Every home should have an emergency kit that will provide you with any additional supplies or equipment if you end up in a situation where you need to take care of a member of the family or if you wind up stuck in your shelter for a while. Being able to have the equipment you need to care for them is a must, so here are a few of the things you should absolutely include in your emergency kit.

  • Food
  • Water
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Necessary Medications
  • Important Documents
  • Charger for a Phone

All of these are essential to getting off on the right foot after the tornado and bad weather has stopped. Having these squared away in your FamilySAFE shelter will keep you prepared for when a tornado hits so that you’re not scrambling around and missing things that you need to have in your shelter.

Communications Plan

The second part of the plan that you should be creating will be based on communication and the way that you will move forward when a tornado does hit. This plan can consist of the various roles that each member of the family will have in the case that a tornado does hit, that way everyone knows exactly what they’re responsible for. This can also provide an opportunity to cover any bases of what needs to happen when someone is missing while also making sure that any necessary medication or documents are stored away for when a tornado hits.

Prepare Your Shelter

Having a storm shelter for when a tornado hits is the first step to having a safe space when a tornado does hit, but preparing that shelter is something that you need to do on your own. This will primarily consist of the parcels and tools that are in your emergency kit, but something that might take a little bit longer is determining how many rations of food and water you need to keep in the shelter, as well as ways that you can make the time that you spend in the shelter as bearable as possible. You will want to consider methods of going to the bathroom or what temperature will look like while you’re in the shelter. It’s always better to be prepared to have a method to go to the bathroom or keep warm, before an actual tornado hits.

The only way to find yourself in a tornado should be in a shelter where you are prepared and have everything that you need to ensure that you and your family can survive in this shelter during the tornado and, at times, after the tornado when gas, electric and water still aren’t working.

If you don’t have a shelter in your home, it’s time to invest in a FamilySAFE Shelter. We offer both above ground and underground shelters that you can have installed in your home. This will provide you with the shelter that you need when a tornado hits and is the foundation of safety that you need in your home. Call our office today and learn more about what you can do to have your shelter installed into your home.