In April of 2011, my area was hit by a tornado. It was a very scary day to live thru and it has taught me the importance of being prepared.
One thing that is very important to have is an emergency box. This can be a tote under the bed, a cabinet in the kitchen, a bag in the closet. Whatever you have to store items in that you need to get to quickly in thunderstorm, tornado warning or power outage will work. These aren’t items that you need to sustain your family for days on end, it’s just items you need to get use during a storm (about up to 5 hours worth).
In that box, you need the following items (feel free to add to my list):
- Matches or 2 lighting sticks (in case one doesn’t work)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- A corded home phone (if all you have is operation in your home are cordless phones)
- Emergency radio (I purchased this one on Amazon)
- Shoes (or put your shoes on as soon as you know there is a tornado warning)
Also if you are under a tornado warning, put bicycle helmets on your kids to protect them from falling debris.
Don’t depend on your smart phone to help you keep track of the weather. During the tornado, 3G and 4G were knocked out. Our cable was out. Our power was out. We blind to the direction of the storm. Lesson learned. We now have a hand crank radio.
If you want to take it a step further, I suggest you purchase a tarp or two and a ladder. Those 2 things were impossible to find in our area after the tornadoes hit. You might also want to stock up on bottled water, easy to make foods and batteries.
If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.