In the aftermath of a severe tornado, (L-R) University of Alabama students Andrew Fowler, Daniel Hinton and Dennis Hinton load up a truck full of belongings from their destroyed home in the Cedar Crest neighborhood on April 28, 2011 in …
Photographer: Jessica McGowan
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For those of you reading this from South Dakota, you’re going to laugh at me.
But I went through the second blizzard in my life this year. This one was for real - we had 14” of snow in Tulsa, setting the single storm snowfall record.
I lived at the TV station for a few days, sleeping where I could and when I could. I took lots of pictures. It’s not the pictures of the snow that I’ll always remember. It’s the one I took of the empty shelves at the grocery store.
I’m in the middle of Tulsa in the year 2011, and there’s no bread. You see, this storm hit all the right places to totally disrupt supply lines in this part of the world. Similar scenes played out in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, and the tornado Super-Outbreak that hit the south at the end of April.
With that being said, I’ve come up with a list of five things that you should have in your tornado shelter. If you don’t have a safe-room, basement or storm cellar, you need to designate one single place in the house as a tornado shelter. And you need to make sure to have these items securely placed in this location.
Now, you can get really fancy and have coloring books for the kids, extra car keys, a first-aid kit, etc. I’m just getting you the basics to get you through the first few hours and days. Most of this stuff will keep for years. The food might need to be freshened every six months to a year. Even with that, the hour or two that you spend a year setting up and stocking your shelter WILL pay off in the event of a tornado.
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