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Disaster preparation Make a list, keep it in handy spot to be ready

Joann Phillips writes about being prepared at home for a tornado.
Posted on May 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 25, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.

May 20, as I was watching the devastation from the tornado in Oklahoma, I started thinking about what I would take to the basement if we had a tornado approaching. I decided that I would come up with a list and then post that list in a spot where I could check it quickly to gather up the items. I know that without a list, if I had to go to the basement quickly I would not be able to think of everything I would need to take. My neighbor and I came up with the following list:

Ÿ Purse/wallet.

Ÿ Cell phone.

Ÿ Insurance papers.

Ÿ Medical items.

Ÿ Pet.

Ÿ Battery-operated radio.

Ÿ Flashlight and batteries.

Designate an area of the basement for your family to go to and have some chairs and blankets in the area. Have some bottles of water stored in that area and an extra flashlight.

Hopefully, we will never have to deal with the devastation that the people in Oklahoma have had to deal with in the last few days; however, we never know.

JoAnn Phillips

Elkhart




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