Tornado Preparedness With Special Needs Family Members

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Tornado Preparedness With Special Needs Family Members

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.

But how do you do so?

Here are some things you should know about.

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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.

Clothing

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

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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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