Be prepared

The outbreak of deadly tornadoes in states east of us last week that left more than 300 people dead and hundreds of homes, farms and businesses flattened is a grim reminder of something we Kansans already know: Don?t take the threat of these killer storms lightly.

With May and June comes the peak season for tornadoes in Kansas. Are you prepared for the unthinkable? Do you have a appropriate shelter if a tornado threatens? Basements and storm shelters are best, whether they be yours or a neighbor who is willing to share. If you have neither, seek shelter on the lowest level in the center most part of your home. Put as many walls between you and the storm as possible.

Have you prepared an emergency stash of supplies in the event of a disaster, to include such things as personal medications, clothing changes for two days, toiletries, checkbook and cash, birth certification and other valuable papers, rings, pictures, meaningful books, water.

We tend to take tornado preparedness for granted. Last week?s storms remind us we should not. ?DR

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