With the weather system in the U.S. gearing up to be an extra tumultuous stormy season, homeowners are rushing to get the necessities, so they can hunker down, safe and sound. But for the parents among us with kids who will scream at every clap of thunder, this annual season requires even more care.
For anyone who has a family member with special needs, the sirens that ring in light of a tornado warning are the most horrifying sounds they can hear.
While tornadoes don’t typically strike without warning, it doesn’t take long for them to quickly become more devastating and move toward surrounding areas that weren’t originally in its path. This is why, even if you know a tornado watch was issued, you must take the right steps to help your special needs family member get to safety.
You just received a tornado warning, and you can already feel the monster coming near. The first and only task on the list is to get your family to safety in your newly-installed safe room.
But is it equipped to keep you comfortable? Given that you don’t know when it’ll be safe to come back out, most experts recommend equipping your tornado shelter with all the necessities you and your family will need for an extended period.
Here is a list of all the things we think are necessary for your safe room emergency kit:
Food and Water
You should have enough food and water to last at least 5–7 days, per person. Although this may seem too much, you have to be prepared if an F4 or F5 tornado were to make landfall.
Baby food, formula, clean bottles, etc., if needed
In addition to the above products, you’ll also need one gallon of drinkable water per day per person. And keep in mind that even water can expire, so keep an eye on the expiration date for each bottle. Additionally, buy disposable utensils, bowls, and glasses so that each person can have their own.
With clothing, your main focus is to keep everyone warm. For that, prepare your shelter by storing the following in an airtight box, so they’re kept safe from any critters or moisture:
Warm clothes such as jackets, hats, and gloves
Extra clothing if your clothing gets damaged
First Aid Kit
In addition to all the necessities for a first aid kit, other things you’ll need to pack beforehand include:
Over-the-counter pain medication
All prescription medication for each person of the family
Instant cold compress
In addition to necessary sanitary supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and more, other things you’ll need, include:
Extra diapers and wipes
An extra trash bag for the diapers
Portable tissue boxes
Preparing For the Season
Especially if you live in Tornado Alley or any of the surrounding areas, you must take the right step for your safety.
At US Safe Rooms, we encourage all customers to invest in tornado shelters and safe rooms, so they have a secure facility to move to in case of a tornado. So, why not put your savings to good use?
US Safe Rooms offers safe rooms in Texas and Oklahoma. Get in touch with us, and prepare for tornado season the right way.
The year is halfway done. And yet, The Weather Channel has already declared 2020 to be one of the deadliest tornado years in a decade!
As of now, 489 tornadoes have made a downfall in the U.S, with over 70 casualties reported. Four of those over 70 casualties resulted from tornadoes that were rated between EF2 and EF4.
Another factor that has contributed to loss of life is the occurrence of deadly tornadoes struck during the night. And since more people are sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more likely that this will increase the death toll in the future.
That is why we are urging people in tornado-prone areas such as Fort Worth, Dallas, and other regions of Texas to take the right step and invest in a tornado shelter safe room!
If you’ve never experienced a tornado before, there’s a good chance that you’re not prepare to handle the havoc. Considering that as of May 2020, 489 tornadoes have already made landfall in the United States with more expected as the weather system moves into the monsoon region, you must get your affairs in order and make a safety plan in case matters take a turn for the worse.
For that, US Safe Rooms is here to provide you with a short guide for everything you need to do in case a tornado hits!