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Assemble a disaster supply kit containing:

  • First aid kit and essential medications

  • Battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries

  • Can opener and enough canned food and water to last each person in your family for three days

Prepare a Home Tornado Plan:

  • Pick a place where family members can gather, away from windows. It could be a basement or a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this area uncluttered.

  • If you are in a high-rise building and don't have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

  • Share this plan with all family members, and practice twice a year.

  • Listen for storm warnings on your local TV and radio stations and follow advisories.

  • If outside, try to get inside a sturdy building. If a building is not available, crouch in a ditch or low-lying area that is not subject to flooding.

  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head to safety. (Contrary to folklore, it is not safe to get underneath a highway overpass.)