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Tornadoes may seem pretty unlikely for some renters in this nation but for others, this natural disaster is a very serious and very real threat. The best way to avoid disaster from a tornado is to be prepared as best as possible. Make sure you and your family have an evacuation plan in place and that your home is equipped with the right materials in the event of this disaster. Tornadoes can come on suddenly and you don't always have time to get to the shops to get supplies or drive out of town. Be prepared to act fast by planning ahead.

The first thing you need to do is have a plan in place in the event of a tornado. Will you be staying in your house or will you seek shelter somewhere else? Everyone in your family needs to be aware of the different steps to take in the event of a tornado warning. For example, the kids needs to know what to do if they are at school, at a friend's or home alone without you. You need to know what to do with your pet, with your car, with your belongings, electrical items, etc.

If you are planning on seeking shelter elsewhere then you should have a route mapped out to get there as well as another plan B in place as sometimes the roads may be closed or there may be too much panic to go anywhere. If you are staying at your house, then bunker down in the strongest area which is often the bathroom. Bring a mattress into the bathroom with you and use it as a shelter over your head if the roof does come off, which can happen in poorly constructed homes and if the winds are extremely strong.

Preparing Your Home

You should also have an emergency evacuation bag packed and ready to go. Store it in a cupboard or in your garage for easy access. Include items such as toiletries, underwear, blankets, clothes, water, tinned food and extra batteries. Include a radio as well as a few toys or books to keep the kids entertained. Decide what you will do with your pets - will they come with you or stay at home?

You should also have a special place to keep extra food, water and supplies in the event of an emergency at home. If you are staying home and facing the tornado then you may be looking at a loss of power and limited access to supplies for several days. Be prepared by having an area in your house where you store extra water, tinned food and other emergency supplies. Have food for three days just in case you are stuck without assistance for a little while.

All of these preparations may seem like a little much but the more prepared you are, the better off you will be. Dealing with a tornado warning can be stressful but not if you are prepared. Make sure you also have your renters insurance policy up to date and have it kept in a safe waterproof area with other important documents such as passports.

Being prepared for tornadoes is something that all residents should look into, especially if you are living in the Midwest and in other areas where tornadoes are common. Sit down with your family and make a list of the things you need and what happens in the event of any type of emergency. All of the above small preparations can make a big difference when it comes to dealing with a tornado head on and the aftermath it can cause.

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