Preparing for tornado season doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Fortunately, the city of Edmond, Oklahoma has come up with a tornado preparation, detailed 30 step plan to help prepare your family for a tornado event. This detailed plan, called “30 Days of Preparedness” addresses small steps you can take to ensure your families safety, all within 30 days.

1. Identify the best escape routes from your home in case of a fire.

2. Pick two places to meet after a disaster or emergency; one close to your home and one some

distance away… like a good friend’s or a relative’s.

3. Choose an emergency contact person outside your area that you can check in with. They can

be your rendezvous connection.

4. Complete an emergency contact card with phone numbers and make copies for each member

of your family.

5. Find out in advance how best to care for your pets and working animals when disaster strikes.

6. Prepare an emergency supply kit for yourself, a small personal one.

7. Prepare a pet emergency supply kit.

8. Prepare an emergency supply kit for your family to keep at the house.

9. Prepare an emergency supply kit for your car(s).

10. Develop a family emergency plan. See number 26 below.

11. Mark your calendar now – every six months – review your plan, update numbers and check

supplies to be su sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed.

12. Check your child’s school Web site or call the school office to request a copy of the school’s

emergency plan. Know how you can help them and not hinder them.

13. Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1.

14. Practice. Conduct fire drills and practice evacuating your home.

15. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.

16. Check on the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace.

17. Consider those close to you that have a disability or a special need; make sure they are planned


18. Besides your emergency kits, check your pantry. You should keep enough “necessary” supplies in

your home to carry you through three days.

19. Have a family meeting and make a list of foods that: Have a long shelf-life, you and your family

like, do not require cooking, can be easily stored and are healthy.

20. Take a minute to check your family’s first aid kit.

21. Make sure you can provide a three-day supply of water per person. Learn how to make

“questionable” water safe if necessary. Filter, then boil or chlorinate.

22. Consider long-term sanitation needs in your emergency supply kit.

23. Store, yet keep handy, one complete change of clothing and footwear for each member of your


24. Create a smaller version of your emergency supply kit for your work place.

25. Review emergency action steps with all family members.

• Check the scene and the victim

• Call 9-1-1 and stay on the line

• Care for the victim

26. Get smarter. Read the information on your city, county and/or state government web sites as

well as

27. You may be required to turn off your utilities. Make sure you know how and have the tools to do


28. Know the details of and actions for “shelter-in-place” and evacuate; have a plan.

29. Take the time now to assess and discuss with your family your preparedness and recovery

situations. Make sure the important questions are answered.

30. Learn even more about particular threats like wildfires, pandemics and earthquakes.

Education and staying alert are the keys to being prepared in case a tornado disaster strikes. Follow these simple steps to help keep your family safe during Oklahoma’s tumultuous tornado seasons.

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