Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tornado Season Approaches

I don't know about you, but tornadoes kind of scare me. Last year was my first tornado season here in Kansas and I spent about 6-months straight getting my family ready for it. It was quite a stressful time for me. Today I am going to share one of the things I learned that is total common sense, and yet when I read about it I had one of those "ah-ha" moments...and then I promptly slapped my head and wondered at my stupidity for not thinking of that myself. :) So, here is my first tornado tip:

Prepare an emergency box (preferably waterproof) to put in your basement...or wherever you go when the tornado siren sounds. Here are the items I keep in my box:

*Toilet Paper
*Diapers and wipes
*Warm clothes and underwear kept in a big ziplock baggie
*Towel...kept in the baggie with the clothes
*Shoes for each of us (imagine waking up in the middle of the night to a tornado siren and you are in your "jammies" with no shoes're going to want clothes and shoes!)
*An old pair of glasses, a pair of contacts, contact case, contact solution
*First Aid kit
*Crank radio/flashlight
*Bottle for the baby
*UNO card game

This is NOT my 72-hour kit, although I keep a lot of these same things in those as well. I put everything I can into ziplock baggies in case water gets into my tub. I want all my niceties to stay nice and dry.

1 comment:

The Whetstone Family said...

What a good idea. We spent a couple nights in our basement when we lived in Iowa, and noticed both times how severely underprepared we were! Also, I made your taco soup tonight and it was delish! Thanks for the recipe!