Tornado Emergency – Have You Got The Right Tools For The Job

Extra-long matches, used for lighting fireplac...

Extra-long matches, used for lighting fireplaces in extra safety.

. . . Be Prepared For Anything

Tornado Emergency situations can throw up many different scenarios, nobody ever really knows what they’ll need, how long they’ll need them for and exactly what will happen. That’s why you have to be prepared during the tornado season for:

  • Loss of utiliites
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of convenience
  • Loss or damage to property

There might also be some emergency repairs to be done because of damage caused by the hurricane, quick fixes to help the situation until normal services can be resumed. So what sort of stuff will you need to have handy?

  • Disaster supplies stored in large trash cans with lids (plastic ones) and wheels for easy mobility, without leaks or holes so that they can be floated if necessary
  • Big rolls of plastic sheeting – up to 75 yards to be on the same side
  • Flashlights and batteries which must work! Check and replace the batteries regularly – it’s a good idea if each member of the family has their own private flashlight to offer a little security.
  • Matches – kept in a watertight container. It’s amazing how wet everything gets in a hurricane.
  • Wind Proof Butane Lighters – are a good alternative to matches (matches don’t light so well in high hurricane winds)
  • Magnesium strikers are another alternative to matches, they’re not cheap but they will strike up at any time
  • Lamps and lanterns (oil burners) offer a great light source when the power is down – don’t forget extra fuel for any type of lamp or lantern you have – don’t leave children unsupervised around these lamps and lanterns, these can be a fire hazard in the wrong hands
  • Candles – are another possible light source but must not be left unattended at any time
  • Fire extinguishers – good thinking!

Other Tornado Emergency Tools

  • Cordless drills (with spare batteries) and different heads
  • Assorted screws
  • Hammer and nails
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Large heavy duty levers (you never know what you might have to lift)
  • 6 feet long wood, 4×4 or 2×4 posts (wood does not conduct heat or electricity)
  • Step ladder
  • Extension ladder
  • Nylon rope and tow straps
  • Shovels – pointed and flat blades
  • Brooms and Mops – for the clean up job
  • Heavy duty rakes
  • Buckets – sponges, heavy duty rubber gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Chain saw
  • Hacksaw

I know, I know, the list is endless, but you really do need to be prepared, you never know what a tornado might throw at you . . . literally.

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