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Summer Storm Season

June 26, 2012

There is a Tornado watch currently in our area and it made me think that it may be time to do a little preparing in case a tornado does touch down and we do end up with a power outage that lasts more than a few days.

What exactly is the difference between a “tornado watch” and a “tornado warning”?
Tornado Watch
Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
Getting prepared:

Do you have a safe room?  Do you know what do you do if you get caught outdoors?  These questions are answered in this downloadable PDF from the Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Tornado.pdf

Another thing to think about is having the right foods on hand in an emergency.  Peanut Butter is a great staple to have on hand as well as canned food – just don’t forget the can opener.

Great Blog with foods to have on hand here:
http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/the-top-foods-you-should-keep-in-case-of-an-emergency-2046609.html

Another thing to keep in mind is having some way to occupy your time – playing cards, board games and instruments are fun ways to keep you and your family entertained.

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