The summer brings a great deal of beautiful, warm weather, but it can also bring its fair share of relentless storms. Most of us have experienced severe weather or tornado warnings in our area, and we know just how scary it can be to not be prepared. Preparing for severe storms and possibly tornadoes isn’t something that we think about too often, though when you discover yourself in these situations you may end up wishing you had put more effort into being prepared. The following are items that you should keep in a place that you designate as your storm shelter, whether this is an underground or above ground shelter, basement, or even just a closet.
The most common thing to happen during severe weather, and even during regular storms, is for the electricity to go out. This can pose quite a problem if it occurs at night and you don’t have any additional lighting prepared. Flashlights and candles are a must for severe weather preparedness. Extra batteries are also just as important to have as the flashlight itself. It’s possible for your flashlight to run out of battery right when you need it most. This is a problem that many people run into after using their flashlights for a period of time.
In the very unfortunate event that the weather takes a turn for the worst and you get trapped in your home, it is very important to be able to let other people know where you are. Having something that you can continuously make noise with can allow other people to be alerted that you are stuck and allow them to locate you more rapidly. One of the best noisemakers would be a whistle because you can keep on using it. Some other noisemakers are air horns or bells. This may seem like an unnecessary thing to go out and purchase because you might feel like you’ll never need it, but if something ever did happen this silly whistle or air horn could save your life.
Food and Water
For best survival at home during severe weather you will need food and water. If severe weather strikes and you end up stuck, the one thing you will need and undoubtedly will want, is some fluids. You can buy a case of water bottles at most stores to place in your shelter area, or you can even choose to buy something like Gatorade. Gatorade is a good option for maintaining fluid levels because it provides you with plenty of water, as well as with abundant amounts of electrolytes and calories. The food that you choose to keep here doesn’t need to be anything special. Food supplies could consist of a couple easy to open cans of tuna or ravioli, crackers, peanut butter or maybe some granola bars. These simple products can become inexpensive lifesavers.
If a tornado strikes, they can easily tear houses to pieces and send debris flying everywhere. It’s a useful idea to stock up on a few thick blankets that you can use in case of a storm producing a tornado. You will want to wrap yourself and family members in these blankets to help shield them from being hit with debris. Believe it or not, blankets have saved many lives during storms and have become a staple for how to prepare for a tornado.
First Aid Supplies
Severe storms and tornadoes can cause extensive damage to homes and to people. Keeping some first aid supplies on hand in that your shelter area is extremely useful. You can buy already prepared first aid kits at stores or even make your own. Even if you don’t have to use this on anyone in your house, someone near your home could be in need.
Weather radios are helpful once the power goes out because they will continuously inform you about the weather outside. We are a world full of technology that typically relies on electricity, so once the power is cut off we are often times left with nothing. These weather radios can be plugged in and alert you if any storm advisory or warning has entered your area. This is extremely useful for telling you if there is a tornado warning in your area and surrounding areas and to alert you as to when you should seek shelter. You can keep these around your house and many of them will have an alert noise that is signaled when there is a tornado warning in your county or any other possible advisories. This comes in very useful in case something happens while you are asleep. You can find these radios at camping stores and most department stores, such as Walmart or Sears.
You don’t have to get extravagant, you can actually be very simple with all of these items. Your severe weather survival items can be stored in a relatively small area, which comes in useful if your shelter is of limited space. You may never need to use these items, but you can at least rest easy knowing that your family has learned how to prepare for a tornado and will be geared up for if a severe storm ever strikes.