How to Prepare a Storm Shelter

How to Prepare a Storm Shelter

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Don’t panic when the skies turn dark — this guide will have you prepared for the worst weather mother nature can dish out.

Step 1: Assess risks
Assess the greatest risks for your area, which may include flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, or winter storms.

Step 2: Choose a room
Choose an interior room without windows and with the most distance between you and the outside.

Tip
Choose a top floor room in an area prone to floods or hurricanes and a basement or cellar in tornado zones

Step 3: Store food and water
Store nonperishable food and water for three days and don’t forget a manual can opener.

Step 4: Gather extra clothing and blankets
Collect clothing, blankets, weather gear, and shoes. Since a storm can strike suddenly, don’t count on wearing the proper clothing every moment.

Step 5: Stockpile medications and toiletries
Stockpile medications and toiletries, especially antibacterial products.

Tip
Remember to store baby food and plenty of diapers in the storm shelter if you have a baby at home.

Step 6: Get a first-aid kit
Get a first-aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, tape, a sterilizing agent, sterile equipment, and latex gloves.

Step 7: Buy flashlights, a radio, and batteries
Buy flashlights, a battery operated radio, and enough batteries to run both in an emergency.

Did You Know?
In April 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire recorded a record-breaking surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour.

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