1. Flashlights and extra batteries:
Having flashlights with extra batteries is necessary in case of a power outage during a tornado.
2. First aid kit:
A first aid kit is essential for treating minor injuries or as an emergency safety measure in case of more serious injuries sustained during the storm.
3. Non-perishable food items:
Canned goods and non-perishable snacks are important to have on hand in case of extended periods without access to basic amenities like grocery stores.
4. Bottled Water:
Storing several gallons of bottled water is essential since most tap water will not be potable if there has been damage from the storm.
5. Blankets/extra clothing:
Having extra blankets and clothes is important to stay warm in case of power outages.
6. Battery-operated radio:
This will be helpful for staying up-to-date on weather reports and potential evacuation notices during a storm.
7. Important documents/valuables:
Make sure that any valuable items, such as passports, birth certificates, bank statements, or other important documents are stored in a secure place before the storm hits so they can be retrieved quickly if needed.
Keeping a small amount of cash on hand is advisable since ATM machines may not work during the storm, or businesses may be closed due to damage from the tornado.
9. Pet supplies:
If your family has pets, make sure to include food and any other items they might need in your kit.
10. Emergency contact list:
Having a printed list of important contacts can save time if you need to quickly contact family members or emergency services during a storm.