Did you know that the United States has the highest incidence of tornadoes in the world? If you are caught in a storm, be prepared with these safety and survival tips.
It is a well-known fact that the United States has the most frequent and powerful tornadoes in the world. Hence tornado survival should be every prepper’s priority as far as natural disasters are concerned. Although your area may not be regularly hit by these gigantic and dangerous whirlwinds, there is no reason for you not to prepare for them. You never know when one could strike.
Tornado Survival Tips: How to Survive Natural Disasters
The most popular tornado survival solution these days are storm shelters. This is reinforced by the fact that manufactured shelters are selling well. More importantly, it’s comforting to know that the number of fatalities caused by tornadoes have gone down.
Another factor is being prepared for these occurrences. Weather updates via TV, radio and the internet have also helped. After so much death and damage, more and more citizens have learned how to deal with this severe weather condition.
These improvements should not be cause for anyone to be complacent, though. Tornadoes are dangerous and unpredictable as ever. You can also check out a previous post on these twisters. This time we have put together more tornado survival tips to remind you to be ready when they come.
BEFORE A TORNADO
1. Essential Tornado Emergency Kit Items
- Non-perishable food such as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat)
- Non-electric can opener
- Water (1 gallon per person per day for 3 days)
- Shelter in the form of a tent or tarps
- Rain gear
- Emergency power source (generator)
- Emergency blankets or sleeping bag
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Cell phone and charger
- Chainsaw and fuel
- Shovels, picks, pry bars, wooden poles for removing electric wires
- Signal flares
- Battery, solar or self-powered radio
- Light sticks (shake or break light sticks)
- Air horn or whistles for signaling
- First aid kit that includes splints and bandages and first aid manual
- Medicine (prescription medications, and over-the-counter pain killers, etc.)
- Study shoes or boots
- Cash and credit cards
2. Develop an emergency communications plan.
Have a plan for getting back together in case family members are separated from one another during a tornado. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to act as the family contact. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person. Click here for the full post.
3. Trim trees and shrubbery.
Pay particular attention to weak or dead branches that could fall on your home or your neighbor’s home. Continue reading.
4. Take Inventory
Make an inventory of your possessions. Take photographs and / or videotape your belongings. Keep records in a safe deposit box or some other safe place away from the premises. You may want these to aid later insurance claims.
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5. Prepare a Safe Room
Extreme windstorms in many parts of the country pose a serious threat to buildings and their occupants. Your residence may be built “to code,” but that does not mean it can withstand winds from extreme events such as tornadoes and major hurricanes. The purpose of a safe room or a wind shelter is to provide a space where you and your family can seek refuge that provides a high level of protection. You can build a safe room in one of several places in your home. See more…