I was happy that this week we weren’t holed up in the basement waiting for the latest line of severe storms to pass over our area. Instead, we got drizzles of rain, and I’m not complaining. My garden loves it! One thing I did realize over the past few weeks during all of the tornado and severe thunderstorm outbreaks is, I haven’t taken the time to get prepared for the bad weather. Many people don’t even bother, but I have two little girls I’m responsible for so I have to get prepared. Here is a small list of storm prep tips I like to use to make sure we have what we need handy and I know where it all is. Just in case we need it.
- Safe Place: The safest place during a tornado is below the ground in a basement or storm shelter. In some houses this is not possible, instead do your best to get to the lowest room, preferably a room that doesn’t have windows. You can take shelter in a closet, interior room, or even in the bathtub with a mattress over you.
- Batteries: Make sure you have extra batteries. You’ll want batteries for flashlights and radios. Check to make sure they are all working, then make sure you have an extra set or two for each.
- Candles: Why waste the batteries if you can light up the area during a power outage with some candles. Get some stable holders and even some decorative candles if you’re leaving them out for the season. Don’t forget the matches or lighters. Just remember to practice fire safety measures.
- Fire extinguisher: This is something everyone should have in their homes but few people actually do. Great places to keep these are in your garage, the car, the kitchen and even in the basement.
- Water supply: While most storms in our area will keep us in the basement for a maximum of 2 hours, but more likely 30 minutes or less, there is always a chance you could get stuck down there longer. While I don’t usually buy bottled water to drink every day, I do keep a couple of packs in the basement in case we need it.
- Medication: If you have someone in your family who needs medication, such as insulin, make sure there is something stored in the basement or safe place.
- Blankets: Basements can get cold. If storms hit in the middle of the night, everyone might be a little tired. Having some extra blankets handy will give everyone a chance to snuggle up and go to sleep if needed.
- Shoes: We like to keep an extra pair of boots or shoes in the basement. Not flip flops, but actual work boots and/or tennis shoes. Often our sirens go off in the middle of the night when we’re not expecting it so we make a mad dash for shelter. Grabbing our shoes is usually not the first thing on our mind, but in the case of a disaster, having a pair of shoes nearby can be much appreciated.
- Electronics: Make sure cell phones and lap tops are charged. As long as you have power, you can be connected to the internet. This is a great place to get weather updates, see the local weather radars if you don’t have a TV in the basement and even keep tabs on friends and family in the area as well. If the power goes out, you’ll always have your cell phone for communication as long as the cell phone towers are still up.
You never know if you’re going to need these tips, and most of them will be extreme in the case of a tornado; but I’d rather you be safe then not take the time to make some preparations. Stay safe!
This is a guest post by Mary Juett
Living a Sunshine Life is here to give stay at home parents great recipes, crafts, ideas, product reviews and more with a positive life focus. While my husband is at work I’m a stay at home mom to two amazing girls, we are currently homeschooling at a preschool/kindergarten age and our days are always filled with fun. I have a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and I run my own direct sales business. Life is never boring around here and I’m always happy to share my thoughts on it.