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What to Have in a Tornado
Preparedness Kit

Always Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Why Tornado Kits are Essential for Every Household

Every year, approximately 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S., often with little warning.1 Although these violent storms are most likely to occur in Tornado Alley—the southern plains of the Central United States—they can form in any state, even Alaska. Would you be prepared if a tornado warning was issued today? Don’t wait for tornado season to start preparing. Unlike hurricanes, tornados can happen any time of the year.


Build Your Own Tornado Preparedness Kit

With winds up to 200 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause catastrophic damage. It’s imperative to have a tornado kit, in the event that a tornado does strike. After a tornado hits, you and your loved ones may have no electricity or water. A pre-made emergency kit is an excellent option for those who want to avoid purchasing shoddy equipment. However, if you want to create your own tornado kit, follow the steps below:

1.Determine how many people you need to prepare for. If you often have company over, you may want to prepare for an extra person.

2. Purchase a durable bag or plastic container to hold your emergency supplies. We prefer a backpack because it’s easier to carry.

3. Pack enough food and water for each person in your household for 72 hours. You should have at least one gallon of water per person. We suggest keeping a water filtration system in your kit, just in case you need to purify your water.

4. Keep a portable stove in your kit; this will allow you to heat food or water without power.

5. Don’t forget to include eating utensils in your kit

6.Every kit should have an emergency blanket. In the event you don’t have electricity, the blanket can keep you warm.

7. Include more than one light source in your kit so you’ll be prepared for any scenario:

  • At least one or more flashlights to use for shining light on objects in front of you.
  • At least one or more LED lanterns to provide light for a room or area.
  • High-quality light sticks

8. Make sure to include a ferrocerium rod and tinder in your tornado survival kit. Ferrocerium creates sparks when struck allowing you to start a fire easily. To start a fire, you need a dry material to turn the sparks from the ferrocerium rod into a fire.

9. Include a battery-powered radio in your tornado emergency kit to get weather updates.

10. Don’t forget to include a first aid kit in your bag. Your first aid kit should contain the items below:

  • Bandages(adhesive and fabric)
  • Rubbing alcohol or alcohol cleansing pads
  • Pain reliever
  • Safety pin
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze roll
  • Burn cream

11. The kit should also contain any prescription medications that either you or your loved ones may need.

12. Keep a whistle in your kit in case you need to signal help from rescuers.

13. Put a dusk mask in the kit; this will prevent you from inhaling any debris.

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your emergency backpack checklist

Our 72-hour emergency kits get you 90% of the way to being totally prepared. Our kits include:

It’s important to customize your tornado survival kit to you and your loved ones’ unique needs. In addition to the premium supplies that come in our kit, you may also need to include the items below as well:

Insurance policies, Will, Social Security Cards and other Essential Documents (this should be in waterproof/fireproof safe)

View What’s in our Pre-Built Emergency Preparedness Kits

Other Tornado Preparedness Resources

Keeping you and your loved ones safe is a priority for us. Listed below are list of resources that can help you prior to, during and after a tornado.
National Weather Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Plans for Businesses
American Red Cross