Sunday, April 27, 2014 / 16 Comments
How to Stock a Storm Shelter
Starting yesterday - Tuesday we are in the path of what they think will be the most likely area to have tornadoes, the most in the last 20 years.
Although I can think of a million things to put in my storm cellar, uh umm, there isn't room and my hubby won't let me. I would try believe me. Do the best you have though with what you have on hand.
First, you need a plastic tote with a lid. Then batteries and a flashlight.
I bought 2 gallons of distilled water to keep down in the cellar. We made our own first aid kit and included a scissors.
A blanket, and hygiene products are also very important to have.
Water, blanket, change of clothing, granola bars, toilet paper, kleenex, medication, copies of important papers, copies of pictures. Animal crates if they will fit. Seating, weather radio, a whistle to get the attention of people outside if you are stuck in side the cellar. First aid kit, scissors, hand sanitizer, cough drops, and a few scoops of pet food. A leash and collar are a good idea too. Diapers and wipes if you have kids and wet-wipes aren't a bad idea either. Hand sanitizer is a must.We also bought 2 flashlights with batteries.
As I'm typing this up we have super high winds banging against the house. For now this is a great start. The most important thing to have in the shelter is yourself. Don't hang outside and watch the storm.
If you can double latch the cellar and park your cars and things as far away from the cellar as you can. You want to keep area as clear as possible.
Don't forget to contact your local authorities to see if they will register the cellar for you and make sure to call a friend or family member out of town to let them know if they don't hear from you within 24 hours of the storm to call it in to your authorities and make sure they have your address. If you are able take your purse, wallet, cell phones, and lap tops down in the cellar but if there isn't time don't go back for them, just get in the cellar.
I hope this gives you an idea to get started. Although we can always think of more things and I would love you to leave a comment if you do, remember, something is better than nothing.
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