How to Prepare for a Tornado - Review & Update Your Emergency Kit

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for Tornadoes with an Emergency Kit Update

Tornado season is upon us, so now is the time to review your emergency kit — or create one for the first time. In fact, if you’re just starting to think about how to prepare for a tornado, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans say they don’t have any emergency supplies in their homes, but that’s quickly changing. The start of tornado season is the catalyst for many people to create their disaster preparedness kit or to make sure all their emergency items are still in good condition. That way, you can sleep well knowing you're as prepared as you reasonably can be. It's also the perfect time to discover the BodyGuardz 5-in-1 Emergency Hub device with multiple features for disaster preparedness.

Creating a Tornado Emergency Kit

Don't worry if you've never thought about exactly what to include. Know the basic tips, get a sample checklist, and then try to make the best decisions for you and your household. That said, there are a dozen essential items that should be in any disaster or tornado emergency kit.

• One gallon of water per person per day for three days.
• Three-day supply of non-perishable food (and a can opener)
• First aid kit
• Cell Phone
• Portable charger
• Radio
• Flashlight
• Personal alarm or whistle
• Mattress, table, or large item for shielding
• Face masks
• Fire extinguisher
• Additional items as needed such as pet food, extra clothes, games/toys, etc.

Tornado-strength winds make a few of these items especially relevant. Be sure you have something to use as a personal shield. Face masks are a good idea to protect you from all manner of airborne toxins that may be circulating in the wake of a tornado. A fire extinguisher can be a life saver if the damage causes a gas leak or other fire hazard. A personal alarm device is also smart in case you become trapped.

If you don’t include important personal documents as part of your tornado emergency kit, another tip is to store these documents in a safe that is likely to survive the devastation.

How to Prepare for Tornadoes—and the Damage They Cause

The first rule of preparing for a tornado is to know where you’re going to shelter. According to the Tornado Safety Guide from the CDC, the best evacuation plan includes going to the basement or lowest floor of your home. Choose a small interior room without windows such as a closet, bathroom or hallway. Keep something in this room to use as a shield that can block flying objects like a mattress or heavy table. Do not stay in a mobile home. Instead try to make it to the nearest sturdy building in your area.

Tornadoes can appear suddenly and disappear just as quickly, but you also need to think about the tornado’s fallout. A collapsed home can leave you virtually unharmed and yet trapped until first responders arrive. Your basement may be flooded from plumbing damage. The home Wi-Fi may not be working. The local cell phone tower could be down and/or overwhelmed with traffic. You must be prepared for a tornado before, during, and after the storm.

The 5-in-1 Emergency Hub is Great for Tornado Preparedness

You need to stay informed. You need something to keep from going crazy. You need to be able to signal your location to first-responders when they arrive. The 5-in-1 Emergency Hub helps ensure you're prepared for a tornado each step of the way, while also saving a lot of room in your disaster preparedness kit for other items.

• The BodyGuardz Smart Life app will send emergency notifications directly to your phone as soon as an alert is issued for your area.
• Your cell phone is a key asset during any emergency. Make sure your cell phone stays fully charged with our built-in power bank. Keep the 5-in-1 Hub plugged in, and it will always be ready with a full 6600-mAh charge.
• A tornado may knock out the power to your entire area before it reaches your home. Our emergency night light automatically turns on when the power goes out. The flashlight feature makes sure you have adequate lighting to reach shelter.
• You need to let the people closest to you know that you’re in trouble. With the One Touch Alert feature, our emergency hub will notify your designated contacts. It can also be used as a 90-decibel personal alarm siren, making it easy to be found and rescued.
• You will also want the latest news and weather alerts. Is the tornado over? Is the damage widespread? If your cell phone is no longer receiving a signal, you can use the emergency FM radio feature to stay informed.

For the best protection during a tornado, you might think about buying additional 5-in-1 Emergency Hubs. Keep one by your bedside so you’ll be ready to evacuate in the middle of the night. Keep the other one in your designated shelter area. That way, you’re more likely to reach the shelter, and you’ll have plenty of power, light, radio, and emergency contacts when you get there.