Tornado Kit Checklist

The next time a severe storm or tornado strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for such an emergency by having a tornado emergency kit for your family.

Whether it comes in the form of an earthquake, flood, tornado or fire, the key to survival is to be prepared, including having an emergency kit in place.  Here is a checklist of items to have ready in your storm shelter or safe room:

  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of phone numbers for relatives, neighbors, your schools, and utility companies, and photos and descriptions of your family should you be separated.
  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Canned pet food and water, sturdy leashes, harnesses or carriers, current photos of the pets and a litter box with litter.

A five-day supply of non-perishable food, bottled water and any prescription medications is recommended for your storm shelter/safe room.

On its website,, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says to obtain information after a disaster by watching TV, listening to the radio or checking the Internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available.

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