Planning ahead can reduce stress when events cause us to lose basic necessities for a period of time. The linked articles below provide specific suggestions. You may also wish to consult these websites:

  • Phone Service During Power Outage
  • Supply Kit
  • Tornado Safety
  • Being able to communicate by phone takes on new importance during a power outage, when schedules are adjusted or family members need to get in touch with one another. Following are a few recommendations from Amberley’s Department of Public Safety:

    • Add your cell phone to Amberley’s Community Safe alert system so that if your home phone is down you’ll stay up to date.
    • Keeping cell phones charged can be challenging when the power is out. Two options are to purchase a charger cord that can be used in your car or a portable cell phone charger that plugs directly into the phone.
  • Preparing a supply kit ensures that you will have basic items on hand. Pack them in a duffel bag and store in a designated place, perhaps near your storm shelter. You kit should include:

    • Food and Water
    • One gallon of water per household member per day for at least three days. Store in tightly sealed plastic containers and change every six months.
    • Non-perishable food to last each person for at least three days. Include a manual can opener or choose self-opening containers, and replace every six months.


    • Battery-powered radio
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Washcloths and towels
    • Paper cups, plates and plastic ware
    • Basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant
    • Change of clothing for each person, including sturdy shoes and work gloves
    • Blankets or sleeping bag for each person

    Personal items

    • Identification
    • Copies of birth and marriage certificates, inventory of household goods, bank account numbers, important documents
    • Extra car and house keys
    • Medications
  • Tornadoes are severe rotating storms with winds that can exceed 300 miles per hour.  About 1,000 touch in the U.S. each year.   Though only a small number actually strike occupied buildings, people can be killed or injured, usually from flying objects or collapsed buildings.  You can greatly reduce your chance of injury by taking a few precautions and staying alert to weather conditions.

    Plan Ahead

    • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars, away from the west or south walls, are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
    • PRACTICE getting to the shelter area and make sure all family members are aware of its location and when they should use it.
    • Store old blankets nearby to use as protection against flying debris in the event of a tornado

    During a Tornado Watch

    • Listen to radio or TV for updates
    • Be ready to take shelter.
    • Pay attention to tornado danger signs in the weather – dark, greenish sky, large hail and a loud roaring sound
    • Avoid large, flat buildings with wide open areas, like shopping centers.

    When a Tornado Warning Is Issued

    • Head for your shelter area or if not at home, to a central, windowless area on the lowest floor of a nearby building
    • Leave vehicles and mobile homes at once
    • If caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head
    • Do not get under bridges or overpasses

    After a Tornado

    • Watch out for falling debris and downed electrical lines
    • Make sure a building is structurally safe before entering

    Know the Difference

    Tornado Watch:  Conditions are such that a tornado is possible.

    Tornado Warning:  A tornado has been spotted or is strongly indicated on radar, and it’s time to go to safe shelter.