Works For Me: Tornado Safety

WfmwheaderOccasionally, people without their own blogs will send me their Works-For-Me Wednesday tips via e-mail.  You’re more than welcome to do this (though I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to publish them here)–and, as always, you’re also welcome to leave your WFMW tips in the comment section.  This week Sarah in Missouri sent me this very timely tip.  As a fellow Tornado-Alley dweller who has spent much time hunkered in closets with cranky children, I thought this was great:

J0407568In preparation for some severe weather predicted for this evening I packed a clear plastic bag (the zippered variety that bedding comes in) with bottles of water, a bottle for the baby, formula, pacifier, goldfish crackers, books, crayons, coloring book, etc. and placed it at the top of our basement steps. I also made sure that there was a clear path to our "safe place" in the basement and placed an old comforter in a trash bag nearby for us to sit on while we wait for the all-clear. I feel so much better already knowing that if we have a tornado warning late at night or during the day when my husband is gone I don’t have to worry about collecting all of these items from all over the house- I can just grab my kids and head downstairs.

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24. The Pumkin Patch-Household Notebook
25. Sam(antha) (Cold Season)
26. Michelle at Scribbit (raising a reader)
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40 thoughts on “Works For Me: Tornado Safety

  1. Barbie says:

    This sounds so much better than my normal screaming of “what do I do??” 🙂 I know this is my first year in Oklahoma but geez there is nothing like a siren to get the blood flowing!!

  2. momrn2 says:

    I grew up in tornado alley and my mom did the same thing. We had a small walk in closet in the basement we went to. She kept a few blankets and pillows in there as well as peanut butter, crackers, water jugs, flashlight, books, and a battery powered radio, etc.
    I remember so many times sitting in that closet as a family. I also remember numerous times being waken in the middle of the night. With the pillows and blankets often us children would find ourselves snuggling close and falling back asleep. When we did our parents did not wake us to return us to our beds at the end of the warning. (Sometimes there were more than one in a given night.) We would just sleep until morning, waking side by side in our “tornado closet”.

  3. Roy says:

    How to get your kid to clean her room
    Been waiting for Wednesday so I could post to WFMW, only to find that (as far as I can tell), I need a blog to do so. The saddest part is that I intended to plug WFMW as a solution itself…. I’ll try anyway.
    While chuckling about this past weeks The Closet Picture I got an idea. I called my younger daughter over to look at the picture and subsequent comments. Then I asked her what she’d think of a picture of her room being posted and discussed. Hmmmm.
    The light bulb turned on.
    Worked for me. Once, anyway.

  4. Michelle says:

    My only experience with tornadoes would be watching the Wizard of Oz. Not too many up here, though we all know about earth quake safety. Good stuff to know though, thanks.

  5. Sallie says:

    though not usually recommended, my dad out drove two seperate tornadoes. I guess he isn’t a wait and see kind of guy 🙂
    I miss the storms but not the tornadoes!

  6. Carrie says:

    Here on the coast in VA we have hurricane season, and those come in two types:
    1. Prepare for extended power outages
    2. Get the heck outta dodge now
    So our solution is to have a box ready with power-outage stuff (candles, matches, flashlights, etc), and to have our exit plan ready (which we did years ago and coordinated with my parents). However, this past year’s lack of hurricanes resulted in our power-outage box getting vultured here and there, and now I need to get another one together. Thanks for the reminder!
    Roy, thanks for leaving that WFMW tip in the comments! I am gonna try that with my boys. It’s just evil enough to be effective, LOL.

  7. Joyful Days says:

    When Roo was about 6 months old a tornado threw a tree through our back door. I was alone with my baby, three cats and a puppy!! Needless to say I was near hysterical.
    I need to get our stuff together for this season. Tonight was a reminder here.
    Good timing & great words!

  8. jodi says:

    Wow…Someone mentioned tornados not too long ago during a thunderstorm (I had an umbrella and it literally blew itself inside out!)
    This is my first time taking part in WFMW too, I’m #37 in the list! I’m amazed at how many people link (and how quickly! It’s only been Wednesday for two hours here!)

  9. Jenny says:

    Although we don’t have tornados in our part of Canada it is approaching forest fire season for us. This is a great reminder for me to get prepared as my husband often works a lot of overtime hours during the summer and is often not reachable by phone.

  10. Zoe says:

    never experienced a tornado, and feeling blessed because of that. We don’t seem to face on a regular basis natural disasters like that, so when they do happen they are so out of the ordinary they catch people off guard and no one is prepared.

  11. Amblin says:

    What a great idea! We live in Tornado Alley as well and I have a small stash downstairs of emergency things. But I need to replenish it and I love the idea of plastic bagging everything!
    Thanks for the tip!

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks for that tip — we were on a Tornado Watch last night till 11pm. Thankfully we have been spared from any coming close to home!!

  13. Kari says:

    Always remember the flashlights, battery powered radio (one with a weather band would be best), extra batteries, and something most don’t think of but a disposable camera to take pictures of any damage (of course rather there not be any but best to be prepared) as sometimes insurance agents get overwhelmed and cannot make it out as quickly as needed.

  14. The Preacher's Wife says:

    I am horrified of tornados..The one time I was truly in imminent danger from one, I got belts and strapped my kids to me so they wouldn’t fly away…:)) I can laugh about it now..I give you permission too..:))

  15. Heather L. says:

    Great idea! Though I don’t live in Missouri anymore, we still get plenty of warnings and close calls here in Ohio. It’s nice to be prepared and then pray you’ll never need what you’ve prepared.
    Thanks for hosting! It is always so fun to share and learn!

  16. Paige says:

    I’m going to have to show this tip to my husband! I do this and he makes fun of me for it! We don’t live in Tornado Alley but we do have lots of severe weather. I just like to be prepared!

  17. Jordan says:

    One more emergency preparedness tip (we’re big into this stuff here):
    Have 72 hours’ worth of supplies on hand–water, food, clothing, shelter, medicines, diapers–and ready to go at all times. Individual backpacks are pretty handy for this if you can pack light.
    Local, state and federal governments may take up to three days to get to you in the even of an emergency.
    Also, as I know has been mentioned on WFMW before, it’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the car.
    We’re working on building up a year’s supply of food at my house (in case of some majore emergency that doesn’t require us to leave our house. I don’t know, famine?). Tough work. So far, we’ll be eating black beans, corn, green beans and tomato paste.

  18. Diane says:

    What a great idea!
    So different from my own youth…living in the Tornado alley of Minnesota…..I would join my mother and sib’s in the darkness of our cellar, while our father would grab a brewster…and sit out on the front lawn with the other neighbor men…and watch the storm as it approached! Worked for them!
    Like your WFMW better! 🙂

  19. Melanie says:

    Something to add to your bag-
    I have lived in hurricane alley so we evacuate. I always take with me my insurance policy. You may want to make a copy and put it in your ziplock bag, just in case. Also, take pictures of your home and personal items with a disposable camera. Just keep it in the bag, develop if something happens. The ziplock will keep it all dry in case your house is hit.

  20. Barbara H. says:

    That’s a great tip. We don’t have tornadoes often — and we don’t have a basement, which scares me. But I did finally put all of the flashlights and candles in one place so we could find them when the power goes out, which happens sometimes during times of ice or wind.

  21. Amanda says:

    I just came across your blog from BlogTopSites and the first thing I noticed was your great list of links-what a great idea!!
    Fortunately, we don’t live in a tornado area (the UK is rather safe, if not perpetually raining!), but your tip is a rather good one for those who do. Keep up the good work! I’ll be back here often for more 🙂

  22. mcewen says:

    My tip? Move, move far, far away…..come over to California instead! Swap tornados for earthquakes? Now that’s a brain teaser that is too hard for me to evaluate.
    Best wishes

  23. Jessica Snell says:

    Out here it’s earthquake safety. But man! I remember the one time I was in a tornado. I was so scared that the house was going to blow away and take my doll (which I’d left upstairs in the rush to get down to the basement) with it.
    😀 Yep. I was pretty little. But I sure never forgot it!
    peace of Christ to you,

  24. Carrie says:

    I found a great site tonight called which helps you get prepared for hurricanes. They’re also connected with local-to-you emergency networks, and can give you lists of shelters, etc. It’s all free. Took me about 10 minutes to go through their checklists and now I’ve got printouts that I can carry with me to finish off my preparedness kits.
    I stuck it in the MrLinky just to make sure everyone sees it (it *is* something that works for me, lol) – if you don’t want it there feel free to delete.

  25. Amanda M says:

    Hi everyone,
    Me and my husband are moving to Northern- Central Texas from New York .In the big sity we don’t have tornados we have hurricanes and those are even seldom. Could anyone tell me about what to expect during a tornado . Hopefully I will not experience one. I appreciate all the input I can get . Ecspecially local town storm shelters .If there are any.

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