When severe weather hits, are you and your family prepared? Take a few minutes to review your tornado safety plans and determine if they need any updating. Being proactive now can help ensure everyone knows what to do if a tornado warning is in your area.
In Missouri, tornado season typically runs from April through October. However, tornadoes can happen at any time of the year, so it’s essential to be prepared and have a plan in place no matter what time of year it is.
There are a few key things you can do to help prepare your home for tornado season.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
Make sure your home insurance policy covers tornado damage. If it doesn’t, talk to your agent about adding this coverage. Review your policy annually to ensure you have the right amount of coverage in place. The last thing you want is to discover that you’re underinsured after a tornado hits.
Stock Up on Supplies
Put together a disaster supply kit for your home. This pack should include enough food, water, and other supplies to last your family for at least three days. You may also want to consider adding items like a first-aid kit, flashlights, and batteries.
Make sure you have a way to receive severe weather warnings even when you’re not at home. The National Weather Service offers a free Wireless Emergency Alerts system that sends alerts to compatible cell phones and other mobile devices. You can also sign up for local alert systems through your county or city’s emergency management office.
Create or Update Your Tornado Safety Plan
Do you have a plan in place for what to do if a tornado hits? If not, now is the time to create one. If you already have a plan, take a few minutes to review it and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do.
Your safety plan should include a place to go if a tornado hits. This place could be a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest level of your home, such as a bathroom or closet.
Storm shelters are also increasing in popularity and can provide a safe place for your family to go during a tornado.
Make sure everyone in your family knows where to go and what to do if a tornado hits. Practice your safety plan regularly so that everyone knows what to do without thinking about it.
These are a few things you can do to help prepare your home for tornado season. Tornados can happen anytime, so preparing your home year-round is essential. Being proactive now can help ensure your family stays safe if severe weather hits.