I did not actually take the picture above, however this is a tornado that I did see!
Prepare for a Tornado
It’s seems that tornado season has come early in some parts of the country. I hope it’s not any kind of indicator of what’s to come this year!
Even though we may have tornado warnings…there isn’t much you can do to prepare for a tornado completely. When one strikes we just have to deal with it as it comes. There are a few things that you can do to be a bit more prepared. And I think we can all agree that homestead living is all about being prepared for when you need it the most!
Here are a few tips you can do to Prepare for a Tornado:
- Get a weather radio. I prefer the crank radios so you can use them even if you don’t have power. You may have heard from me before that you should get weather radio and I still fully stand by that as my number one advice for weather preparedness. You may not be able to access internet, have power for tv, or have cell phone reception, but you can always crank up a weather radio to find out what is going on and where.
- Know your families plan. Do you have a certain room that you need to go to? If somehow you get separated do you know where you are going to meet up and are there any ways to communicate with each other?
- Create mini emergency kits and place them around the house. Below I will show you what mine look like!
It’s also important to know what to look for to be able to identify tornadic weather in your area. Before a tornado you will see the clouds turn green and purple. You may get hail or it may get very cold (indicting hail is nearby). The clouds may begin to rotate. (And even though that may sound like clear cut sign, I’ve found it to be the least accurate. Focus on the cloud color and hail.) The air will get very still and the wind will stop. Also if you have any animals, pay attention to their behavior. Normally before a storm, animals will get very anxious or try to hide or find shelter.
If you are listening to a weather radio, a Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for a tornado to appear. A Tornado Warning means that a funnel cloud has been spotted. You may want to also check out these tips from Ready.gov of specifics to prepare and what to do after a tornado.
Funnel clouds can form quickly so if you see any of these indicators, be ready to take shelter in a basement or a room in the middle of the house with no windows (such as a bathroom).
Another thing you might want to do to prepare for a tornado is create a Mini DIY Emergency Kit. These are just simple kits that you can place in various rooms in your house to have to grab in case of an emergency. If you want to put together a bigger, 72 Hour Kit you can check out my post on that. Here’s what I put together in my DIY Emergency Kit:
- Energy Bars
- Dried Fruit
- Pain Reliever
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight + Batteries (Or a Crank Flashlight)
- Mylar Blanket
Label the box Emergency Kit and store in rooms throughout the house. You may also want to store one in a car, or in any other places you might be.
Hopefully you won’t have to use these kits but it’s good to have them ready just in case!
Something else you need to know, especially if you live in an area that is prone to events like tornadoes is How to Decode Weather Radio Warnings. What good is a weather radio if you don’t know what it’s saying? Also, you may want to learn some Old Fashioned Ways to Predict the Weather. The weathermen don’t always know what’s coming!
What do you do to prepare for a tornado? What do you put in your own DIY Emergency Kit?