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TORNADO STORM SHELTER KIT Survival Checklist - What Food goes in?

Updated on May 1, 2012


1. Who is responsible for gathering up the baby, a couple bottles, and/or pets?

2. If the emergency kits are not stored in your shelter area, who will gather up the emergency kits for the family?

3. Who is responsible for turning on the weather radio?

4. Who will communicate all of this info to babysitters and grandparents so they are also prepared in your absence?

5. Who will perform drills every year to be fresh and recheck your perishables. As your children age, perhaps duties will change.

6. Who has the CELL PHONE!!!!


Where is Your Tornado Storm Shelter located? What Food Do Are You Prepared to Eat?

Our most important treasures are the lives of our precious family. Does your family know where to shelter themselves from a tornado? EVERY family member should be ready to go to a designated area and have specific chores to complete. What do your family members need to do to participate in survival?

If at HOME: Is the shelter built outside the house in the ground or is it located inside a large closet or a small centered room of the house? If you are inside, the safest place is the lowest floor of the house away from all windows. Closets under the stairwell or an interior hallway are also very good locations. Is the designated shelter area big enough for everyone to fit into including the survival kits? If you are located in a mobile home or other motor vehicle; GET OUT of it quickly. Your odds of living are very low if it is tumbled. If you are outside; keep low to the ground and go to the nearest most sturdy structure for immediate protection. Always cover your head with your arms if you have nothing else to use. If at the OFFICE: move quickly to the inner most enclosed space without windows (mostly to avoid glass projectiles) and immediately proceed to any designated storm shelter area. The fire escape is a good place as it can also get you to lower levels.

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Handcrank Emergency Weather Radio for Tornado Alerts

The Emergency Weather Radio is important to have when at home, office or when traveling. It will pick up the local weather station. It is handcranked so new batteries are needed. It is small enough to take with you to have on hand. If you live in areas where storms appear within minutes and become very dangerous very quickly, this radio is a must have.

We had extreme weather last night, The weather channel was reporting the conditions in our immediate area and at that moment the power went out. if it wasn't for the handcrank weather radio we would not have known where the tornado was headed. Amazon has the best price that I can find. That is where we purchased our Eton. I will be giving them as gifts this year. Buy yours today!!!! It is well worth having.

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UPDATED: FEB 2010 - Begin with: (2) large plastic containers with locking lids. You will be organizing two separate kits or more for larger families.

Survival Kit #1 Food and Water: Supplies are needed for your entire family for (7) days. Get more containers if needed. Perishables should be refreshed at least every 6 months. In the event of an extreme tornado your survival will depend on your survival kit preparations. Collect the following and store your kit in your shelter area.

  • Water – (1) gallon container of water per person and animal (buy sealed gallons of water that will safely keep for longer periods. If using tap water, it must be replaced every 6 – 8 weeks.
  • Power bars, cereal bars, granola trail mix, dried fruit, jerky
  • Several bags of hard candies
  • Canned fruit, canned tuna
  • Canned juices, Gatorade, Ensure
  • Manual can opener
  • Peanut butter
  • Infant chewable vitamins
  • Baby foods
  • Baby wipes/disinfectant wipes for hand washing
  • Pet food and pet chews, a bowl for pet water
  • Plastic silverware and dishes
  • (2) Plastic trash bags: One for trash; other to keep things dry.
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Aspirin; baby aspirin
  • Important medications

Important documents: Make an accordion folder and put copies of these documents in Kit #2. Copies of: driver’s license, birth certificates, passports, home owners & car insurance policies and names of all agents, marriage license, important legal papers, important pet info (rabies certificates), list of important phone numbers, copies of credit cards, prescription medicals, precious family pictures and anything else you think you may want to remember in the event of a total loss.

Kit #2: Emergency Essentials

  • Weather radio (hand crank is most reliable)
  • Battery powered radio; extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • (2) large plastic trash bags
  • First Aid Kit w/scissors
  • Two flashlights with extra batteries
  • Cell PhoneKindle
  • (5) Emergency Candles/ matches
  • Electric lantern
  • Handheld toy for kids for long period of time in seclusion.
  • Thermal blankets
  • Cash
  • Pet leases/pet meds
  • Deck of cards to wait out the storm
  • Accordion file of important documents
  • Extra socks for everyone
  • Plastic ponchos with hoods (walmart .88 cents)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • (4) light sticks
  • Safety Whistle
  • (4) dust masks
  • 50 water purification tablets
  • Multi-function swiss army knife
  • disposable litter box for kitty
  • Work Gloves and vinyl gloves
  • 50 ft Nylon Cord
  • ziplock bags for waste products
  • doggie sanitation bags for doggie
  • Tube tent
  • Gas shutoff wrench for gas turn off if needed.

Some additional essentials to put in the shelter area where possible:

A change of clothes, shoes, extra blankets, pillow, extra keys to cars, bicycle helmet (where them), coats for kids. If living in very rural areas, it may be good to have a small propane stove, extra propane bottles, and generator in case it takes a while for help to arrive. You may have to camp outside after the storm is past before help arrives.

You are now physically prepared in the event of a tornado alert. Congratulations!!!

No matter the events of the storm, look to the promised rainbow. It is best part.

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    • Golfgal profile image

      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi Perrythecat, thanks for coming by and for the accolades, much appreciated. I agree with you, I just cannot imagine losing everything that I have saved all my life in the way of keepsakes from generations past. So sad for people who go through that and many do.

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks Pamela99, I appreciate the link and the vote. The picture you have on your hub is impressive, I hope I never live to see anything like it....yikes. I hope you come by again and link to others as well. Enjoy your day.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Obviously you know a lot about survival living in an area where tornadoes hit too frequently. Great article on the items you need to survive with the necessities. I am linking your article to mine. Voted up and useful.

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      Perry the Cat 5 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      Thank you for publishing this information. As a Disaster Reservist for the Federal Government I can tell you, getting people to shelter and preparing them for a three day wait for assistance is the best help you can give to potential disaster victims. Not that they will have to wait that long, but if damage is great and local rescue resources are affected, communities will have to wait for fire, rescue and large equipment to arrive from non-affected areas. Have your meds with you and put your important papers into a water-proof container.

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi Paulart, I know it is a lot of work to assemble all of the items, but in the event of a devastating storm I think we will be glad we did. I watch the news and all the devastation in the aftermath of tornado damage and it is just unimaginable and incomprehensible what families do that loose absolutely everything they own. All the keepsakes, all the precious trinkets from past generations...gone in a second.

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      Paulart 5 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Very valuable and useful hub.

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      Volley girl 5 years ago

      This was Super helpful I now feel safer and ready when nature id

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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks carlinemoon, I have my kits in the designated storm shelter area in my house and I hope I never have to use them!!!

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      carolinemoon 6 years ago

      This is very useful article. THanks.

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      The Husband 6 years ago

      Great article - very well researched and comprehensive. Thanks