This area is all too familiar with the destruction tornadoes bring, however, and all who live here know better than to be complacent about escaping the storms’ fury this time around.
The close call should remind everyone to take all necessary precautions before the next line of storms approaches.
Make sure your weather alert radio is working and placed where you can hear it anywhere in your house.
Keep a good flashlight and fresh batteries where you can get to them easily.
Make an emergency supply kit and store it in your shelter location.
Make sure everyone in your family knows the family emergency routine. If you don’t have a routine, develop one, and drill the kids in how to follow it.
Those are the basics, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has an extensive checklist online at www.fema.gov.
We can’t stay out of the path of a tornado, but we can reduce the danger by being prepared, having a plan and following it.