Storm Safety - FEMA Suggestions For Surviving Natural Disasters

Emergency Preparedness starts with a storm shelter, but there is more you can do.
Installing a tornado safe room is only part of the equation for keeping yourself and your family safe during a disaster. FEMA recommends that every family have an emergency supply kit ready in case of a disaster. 
Make sure that your kit includes the following to store in your underground bunker or above ground storm shelter:
  • A three-day supply of water. FEMA recommends having one gallon per person per day.
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert, powered by batteries or hand cranks.
  • A flashlight.
  • Extra batteries for the radio, flashlight, etc.
  • A first aid kit.
  • A whistle. You can use it to signal for help if you need it.
  • A dust mask. This can filter contaminated air.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape if you need to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • A manual can opener for food.
  • Local maps.
  • A cell phone with a charger, such as an inverter or a solar charger.
To learn more about how to plan, prepare for, and mitigate a disaster, be sure to check out FEMA’s website.
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