Be Prepared for Tornado Season: 5 Tips
Did you know that three out of every four tornadoes in the world happen in the United States? These twisters often hit without warning, causing sudden devastation. In fact, 2013 brought 34 tornadoes to Arkansas!
Since Arkansas is in tornado alley, it is important to create an emergency plan… just in case! Here are a few tips to help you along:
Thumbs up to a tornado plan Gather your family for a planning meeting. Decide where you will go in case of a tornado warning and make sure the room of your choice is stocked with pillows, blankets, water and food. The basement is always the best choice, but an inner bathroom will work as well.
A tornado emergency kit Create a tornado emergency kit that includes the following:
- A first aid kit, with toothbrushes and necessary medications
- Battery powered NOAA weather radio and flashlight with extra batteries handy
- Identification for all family members, important documents and cash
Is there something else that’s important to you or your family? Throw that in too.
Educate family members Panic in a life-threatening situation often restrains people from acting in the best way possible. Teach your children how to use the radio, which family members to call when the storm passes and how to get help in case someone is injured. Try to also identify shelters near your home and work in case a family member gets caught outside.
It’s drill time Initiate tornado safety drills annually, and try to organize a one-time neighborhood drill. Ask your kids to help you organize them, so that your kids know how to help a neighbor if assistance is needed.
Stay Alert Hey, it’s tornado season! No excuses for not being alert and on the look-out. Watch local news stations for approaching storm information and take cover immediately if a tornado warning is issued or if your hear tornado sirens. So let’s be prepared and let this tornado season twirl itself away.