This weekend, temperatures are going to potentially be in the mid 70’s, it would seem that we’re turning the corner for the expected warmer weather.  

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Although next Thursday, the high looks like it might not make it out of the 40’s, so maybe we’re not turning the corner just quite yet.  

We’re in that stage where we need to keep the jacket around, especially in the mornings.  

Another thing we need to keep handy is supplies in case a tornado hits the area. I wrote an article yesterday which contained information of three tornados that had already struck the Mid-West in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  

These storms caused significant damage, injury and death. Knowing that we’re now in Tornado Season, there’s a certain number of things that will be out of our control.  

“Control what we can control” is a phrase that most of us have heard, and there’s a lot of truth in that saying. But when it comes to tornadoes, what can we control? 

We can control how we prepare in case tornadoes come and how we respond to those storms once they arrive. The Mid-West is a prime target area for tornadoes and residents are urged to have a plan of what to do, meaning where to seek shelter to stay as safe as possible. 

But also, how to survive if a storm knocks out the power, or worse, causes significant damage. Here is what the National Weather Service says we should all have on hand: 

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Photo by amir shamsipur on Unsplash


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Photo by Jonathan Chng on Unsplash
  • 1 gallon of bottled water per person in your house 
  • Flashlights with extra batteries (headlamps are a good choice too) 
  • Tissues 
  • Toilet Paper with bags that have ties with them so you can dispose of the used toilet paper for personal sanitation safely
  • Sleeping Bags and/or Warm Blankets 
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    Photo by Olivier Bergeron on Unsplash
  • Bandages with Ointment and Disinfectant Wipes and other first aid supplies if possible 
  • Personal Hygiene products which should include deodorant, cotton swabs, and feminine hygiene products 
  • Extra Pet Food if you have pets 
  • Change of Clothing for each person in your home
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    Photo by Lucy Wolski on Unsplash
  • Formula and Diapers if you have young children 
  • Duct Tape, Tarps and plastic sheeting 
  • Rain Gear 
  • Battery Powered Radio 
  • Non-Perishable Foods 
  • Can Opener 
  • Three-Course Meal
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  • Utensils and cups 
  • Jackets, Gloves, protective gear 
  • Important papers (banking info, will’s insurance information) 
  • A Fire Extinguisher 
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    Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
  • Pliers and Wrenches  
  • Cards or Board Games (to keep yourself & family occupied) 
  • Cash 
  • As you review the list, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have one of these preparedness kits ready year-round just in case next winter is much rougher than this past one.  

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