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How to Prepare a Storm Shelter

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.
  • FACT: In April 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire recorded a record-breaking surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour.

You Will Need

  • Food
  • Water
  • A manual can opener
  • Extra clothing
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Medication
  • Toiletries
  • A first aid kit
  • A flashlight
  • A radio
  • Batteries
  • Baby food and diapers (optional)

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