I live in Kansas, right in tornado alley. I can remember countless tornado warnings and hiding under couches and in the bathtub as a kid, and in our basement as an adult with my own children.
If you live in tornado alley as well, you know that by getting yourself and your family to the innermost room or hallway in your home (as far away from windows as possible), in your basement or storm shelter if you live in an apartment or mobile home is safest. But what should you take with you to your shelter?
8 Things to Keep in Your Tornado or Storm Shelter
1. Have EVERYONE put on their tennis shoes before heading to your shelter
If the worst happens, you don’t want to be barefoot or in your socks, climbing over the rubble after a tornado.
2. Wear Bicycle Helmets
If you have bicycle helmets – WEAR THEM! Especially your children if you do not own one yourself.
3. Take Bottled Water and Crackers
If you DO get stranded in your safe room or basement, you’ll need plenty of water to get you through. The human body can survive much longer without food, but you need to have water handy.
4. Put a Leash on Your Pet
Take your pets WITH you to your shelter, and put them on a leash. In the very least, take the leash (or have an extra) in your safe room.
5. Radio or Weather Radio
Buy a weather radio. It is worth it if you live in Kansas or anywhere within tornado alley. If your power goes out, you need to be able to hear what is happening in the outside world, while tucked away in your shelter.
6. Have a First Aid Kit
Just in case, you’ll want to have a first-aid kit handy.
Take a flashlight! Even if there is NO tornado near you, your power may go out. Have a flash light handy.
8. Phone Charger
Charge your phone prior to a tornado watch, you’ll know its coming. If possible, take a phone charger with you to your safe room. If you’ll be in the safe room for any length of time, it will come in handy.