With March only a few days away, many American’s will start to put away their winter gear in preparation for spring to arrive.
For parts of the country, March also means the beginning of tornado season. The South typically sees its greatest threat of tornadoes during the months of March and April.
Don’t wait for severe weather to arrive though, before you start thinking about keeping yourself and your family safe! Being a prepper means having a plan before SHTF.
Here are some tornado-safety tips that could save the life of you or someone you love:
Building A Tornado Safety Kit
Keep the following items in a container such as a plastic bin or bug-out-bag:
- Clean water – at least one gallon of water per person, per day to last up to three days is recommended.
- Canned food – Again, plan to store as much as three days worth of food.
- Battery powered radio – sever storms and tornadoes can devastate power infrastructure. A radio is your lifeline to the outside world but it won’t work unless it has a power source!
- Flashlight – no power means no lights. You’ll need light to keep your family safe should you need to navigate your home or tornado shelter.
- Extra batteries – you can never have too many batteries. You are only limited by their weight. Make sure your batteries are charged and in good condition.
- Prescription medications – if you or any of your family have particular medical conditions, it’s wise to store prescription medications to last up to three days.
- First-aid kit – this is a no-brainer to include in any survival kit. If a tornado ever pays your neighborhood a visit, congratulations, you are in a AAA, first class, no BS, survival situation so don’t forget the first-aid kit!
- Important documents – if your home or neighborhood is destroyed by a tornado, you will be glad to have all of your important documents in one place. These might include: birth certificates, ownership certificates (auto, home, etc), social security cards, insurance policies, will, list of contents of your home, and photos of high-value items in your home.