What to Pack in Your Tornado Emergency Kit

Tornado season has begun in Kentucky, and it’s time to remind your family about how to stay safe if a storm ever approaches your neighborhood. But you also should go a step further and prepare a few important emergency items—because you don’t want to be scrambling for supplies when a tornado is racing toward your home.  Make sure you have the following in your tornado emergency kit:


Water and Non-perishable Food – You need a three-day supply of nourishment, including food that doesn’t need to be cooked. (Think along the lines of peanut butter and crackers.) And, you also need one gallon of water for each person in your household. If you’re packing cans, remember to put a manual can opener in your kit, and grab some baby food if you have an infant.


First Aid Kit – This should at least include bandages, ointment, and disinfectant wipes.


Battery-Powered Radio – You also need at least two sets of AAA batteries.


Flashlight – Get two sets of batteries for this, as well.


Toilet Paper – Also add bags with ties. This is vital for personal sanitation.


Sleeping Bags – Get one for each person in your home.


Whistles – You can use these to signal for help, especially if you’re trapped in your home or shelter.


Diapers and wipes – Of course, these are only necessary if you have an infant.


Pet Food – Again, this only applies if you have a pet.


Prescription Medications


Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape – These will help protect your shelter from the elements.


Multifunction Tool – It could come in handy when you need to turn off your utilities.


Pack of Cards – Games can help keep your family’s spirits up during the storm’s aftermath.  


The good news is that tornado damage is covered by almost all home insurance policies. So, make sure you’ve taken photographs or videos of your possessions so you can submit them to your insurance company if you ever need to file a claim.