Seeking Shelter during a Tornado: What to Pack for Your Emergency Kit

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Seeking Shelter during a Tornado: What to Pack for Your Emergency Kit

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.

Keep in mind that as of July 2020, more than 500 tornadoes have been confirmed in the United States, with 84 deaths confirmed. And we still aren’t through tornado season. So, according to your household, prepare your tornado shelter by rationing the following non-perishable items:

  • Canned chicken and fish
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned ravioli
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter and nuts
  • Beef jerky
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers
  • Pet food, if you have pets
  • 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:

  • Work gloves
  • Bike helmets
  • Heavy shoes
  • Warm socks
  • Warm clothes such as jackets, hats, and gloves
  • Extra clothing if your clothing gets damaged

First Aid Kit

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
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Instant cold compress
  • Antibacterial wipes

Sanitary Supplies

In addition to necessary sanitary supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and more, other things you’ll need, include:

  • Trash bags
  • Extra diapers and wipes
  • An extra trash bag for the diapers
  • Portable tissue boxes
  • Wet wipes

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.

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Pre-Emptive Measures to Take for Elderly Loved Ones if You Live in Tornado Alley

Perhaps it’s because the COVID-19 crisis dominated headlines for months that most people were not prepared for, another disaster that would come our way: tornado season.

Just six months into 2020, the United States has already reported over 500 confirmed reports of tornadoes, with over 80 casualties till now. And it’s not too long now before the monsoon season starts!

With suspicions of a hurricane and more tornadoes developing in the southern states, those living in Texas and Oklahoma are worried about their loved ones and the trouble that lies ahead.

US Safe Rooms has some information that could help you potentially save the lives of your elderly loved ones living in vulnerable areas!

Preparing For Trouble in Tornado Season

According to a newly published study, older adults are more affected by disasters well after the threat has passed than any other demographic.

Mainly because rescue and healthcare systems typically focus on the immediate increase in patients after the disaster, older adults aren’t given any specific priority. They are treated when medical care reaches them.

So, for those with pre-existing conditions, this only adds to their trauma and suffering.

Learning from past disasters, we must take into account what threats our older loved ones may face—accessibility and communication issues, movement issues, strong winds, hurricanes, and wildfires—and make preparations accordingly. Here are some things we can do:

Set Up a Tornado Drill

Every year before tornado season, reenact a scenario that would require your senior adult to move to a safe place. Figure out whether they’re having trouble getting to another room, if something is blocking their way, or if the floor is slippery and correct it.

Prepare a Tornado Safety Kit

If they’re living alone, that’s an even greater reason for them to have a tornado safety kit packed and ready to be used. Add items such as the following in their kit:

  • Nonperishable food
  • Drinkable water
  • First aid kit
  • A battery-operated radio
  • Battery-operated flashlight
  • Candles and matches
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Copies of their identification papers
  • Emergency contacts
  • Important medication

Older Adults Standing in an Aboveground Tornado Safe Room Installed in their Garage

Invest in a Tornado Shelter

US Safe Rooms provide reinforced storm safe rooms and tornado shelters in Texas and Oklahoma. We also offer installation services.

Our safe rooms are very user-friendly, especially for older adults and people with disabilities. If your older loved one is frail or has a health condition that may prevent them from moving something too heavy, our safe rooms are the best option.

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