The question "Where is the safest place in a tornado?" is a critical one to know the answer to before a tornado actually strikes. Here are three tornado safety actions that may help you determine the safest place wherever you may find yourself when a tornado hits:
1) Get low: Go to the lowest level in the home, office, school or other facility. If there is a basement or cellar, go there. If there is not a level below ground, go to the ground level of the building.
2) Get inside: Go to the most interior part the structure and avoid windows. The best choices may be a bathroom, closet, or inner hallway.
3) Get protected: Cover your head and neck with your arms and if possible with a blanket. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a table or desk and hang on. Once again, stay away from windows.
Think now about the places that you spend your time in and where the safest places may be in each of them in case of a tornado. Thinking about the safest place now will save you critical time in an actual tornado.
Make sure you have a plan for where to go to be safe and make sure you have a tornado emergency kit on hand to handle the aftermath of a destructive tornado.
No matter what the potential disaster scenario, it is critical to have an emergency kit at the ready.
Compact/Comprehensive emergency kit: compact emergency-grade supplies cover all U.S. Governments recommended basics
Easy-roll/flexible transport:Easy-rolling wheels and telescoping handle avoid back strain; double hand straps and adjustable shoulder strap provide go-anywhere flexibility
Travel safety and emergency identification:Re-positionable LED safety signal visible up to 800 yards
Durable protection for supplies: rugged rolling duffel with 600-denier construction; hard-sided cases for personal supplies
Quick-access organization:large-mouth opening to main compartment with two side pockets and two compression straps; easy-pull ergonomic zippers; personal supplies stored in four carrying cases
Long life:Water, food, batteries have 5-year shelf life
Contents: For protection and shelter:
(4) N-95 respirators (face masks)
(4) Emergency thermal blankets
(4) Emergency ponchos
(1) Roll plastic sheeting
(1) Roll duct tape
For turning off utilities and other tasks:
(1) Multifunction tool [needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutter,file/cutter, flat file, pointed screwdriver, mini-screwdriver, small screwdriver, screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener,punch, knife blade]
(1) Pair leather-palmed work gloves
For communication and light:
(4) Metal whistles with lanyard
(1) AM/FM radio with two sets of AAA batteries
(1) Flashlight with two sets of D batteries
(8) 12-hour light sticks
(1) LED Safety Signal
(1) Waterproof document pouch
For hydration and nutrition:
(1) 2-gallon water bag for carrying, purifying and storing water
(4) 2,400-calorie food bar (bar contains 12 individually wrapped 200-calorie portions) [5-year shelf life - U.S. Coast Guard approved]
(24) 4 oz. emergency water pouches [5-year shelf life - U.S. Coast Guard approved]
(50) water purification tablets
For medical, hygiene and sanitation needs:
(4) Personal First Aid packet
(1) Family First Aid kit
(1) First Aid Guide
(3) Bio-hazard bags
(1) Toilet paper roll
(24) Moist towelettes
For storage and easy transport:
Emergency preparedness supplies are packed in a rolling duffel with double hand straps and adjustable shoulder strap.
You will note that these LifeSecure emergency kits contain supplies that meet each of the 10 basic emergency needs: water, food, breathing protection, first aid, shelter, warmth, communication, light, tools, sanitation & hygiene. Note also that this version of our emergency kit has rolling wheels. We sell rolling and backpack versions of each of our family emergency kits, but we have a preference for wheels (with an option to carry).
The key is to buy or your own "tornado emergency kit" before a tornado or other disaster actually hits. It isn't hard to do, but after the fact is... well, after the fact and won't do any good.
Many people are asking about Tornado Emergency Kits. They are looking for a kit that is uniquely designed to deal with the aftermath of a tornado. The truth is that a tornado emergency kit is really just a regular 72 hour all-hazards emergency kit. You will have the same emergency needs after a tornado as you may after any other catastrophic natural disaster.
So get an emergency kit - if you want to call it your tornado emergency kit, that's fine. Then learn what to do in a tornado and what NOT to do in a tornado. Just remember, when the tornado sirens go off, take cover and be safe. Don't take chances with something as potentially deadly as a tornado.