Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Are You Prepared for a Tornado?

The American Red Cross says one of the best ways to prepare for a tornado is to have an emergency preparedness kit for your family with:

• Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­+ day supply)
• Food—non­perishable, easy ­to ­prepare items (3­+ day supply) and manual can opener
• Flashlight
• Battery­powered or hand­crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
• Multi­purpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Whistle
• Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
• Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Towels
• Work gloves
• Tools/supplies to secure your home, such as plastic sheeting, Duct tape and scissors

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