EMSA offers tornado safety advice

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The National Tornado Summit is in Oklahoma City on March 10th.
The National Tornado Summit is in Oklahoma City on March 10th.
Updated: 4/09/2013 11:25 am Published: 4/09/2013 11:24 am

EMSA is offering safety kit instructions as tornado season begins.

They urge Oklahomans to take special precaution from the months of March to July to prepare for storms.

"When you're caught in the middle of a storm there's little time to react let alone think through all the items you would need to survive a couple of days if you got trapped," said Kelli Bruer, EMSA spokeswoman. "At EMSA we recommend preparing a kit in advance and having a designated space to survive the storm"

The safest spaces in a home to weather a storm are enclosed areas with no windows or exterior walls. The best location is a basement or storm shelter. Other options include a center hallway, bathroom, closet or under the stairs.

Items you will want to have with you include:

• Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)

• All current prescription medications (oxygen tank for those who need it)

• First aid kit (make sure to have antiseptic cleansers)

• Food that won't spoil and a can opener

• Battery-powered weather radio, extra batteries

• Flashlight

• One change of clothing and footwear per person

• One blanket or sleeping bag per person

• Extra set of car keys

• Cash or credit card

• Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members

• Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water, if authorities advise

• Make copies of your important documents & papers

• Take your cell phone into your shelter and call 911 if you are injured

Small items can be placed in a large water resistant toolbox, Ziploc bag while larger items should be stored near the designated safe place in your home.

EMSA follows a disaster readiness plan and has numerous resources available should severe weather or mass destruction occur. Please ensure your family's safety by following these tips and contacting 911 if you're trapped or injured.

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