Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

A Tornado survival checklist saves lives.  I remember as a kid out on my Uncles ranch and my Aunt yelling at everyone to get to safety cause a tornado was on the way. Safety was a huge cave a quarter of a mile away from where we were.  You’ve never seen a bunch of people run so fast.

Luckily, the tornado passed us by, but I’ve never forgotten that experience.  You don’t have to live in Tornado Alley to prepare for tornadoes, they can happen just about anywhere.

Tornado Survival Checklist

 Family Tornado Survival Checklist

Create a Family Tornado Survival Checklist and practice it. Make sure each family member knows where to go and what to take with them to be safe in case of a tornado. Know where to meet up after the storm.

What Is A Tornado Watch?

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for a tornado to develop. When you hear of a tornado watch, stay close to your weather radio for continued alerts.

What Is A Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Warning indicates a tornado has been seen in the area or that radar indicates the presence of a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued, seek appropriate shelter immediately.

Stay Informed About Possible Tornadoes

In the US the best way to stay informed about severe weather is with *this post contains affiliate links a NOAA weather radio. Does your community use Tornado Sirens? Learn what they sound like, and when you hear one, get to shelter.

Identify A Safe Place For Tornado Survival

An underground shelter or basement is the safest. But if those aren’t available, a small, windowless room or hallway on the lowest level of your home will work.  Your goal is to put as many walls between the outside wall and you as possible.

Bring your emergency binder and your 72 hour kits with you into your Safe Place.   Remember, your emergency binder should include a laminated card for each family member with a list of all the family members and their contact information. If anyone is alone and injured, first responders will know how to reach the next of kin.

You Safe Place should also be stocked with emergency drinking water storage .  Finally, make sure you have a *this post contains affiliate links portable battery power bank as to be able to recharge cell phones and stay in contact with loved ones.

Consider keeping  motorcycle or bicycle helmets on hand to protect from flying debris.

Identify where your local shelter is, and how to get to it, if you need to.  In most cases it will be a school, community center or city building.

Bring your pets with you to your safe place, keeping them crated or on a leash. Don’t forget your pet’s 72 hour kit.

PRO TIP: Looking for more ideas on what to stock a Safe Room with?  Our post on Prepping for Basic Emergencies can help with that!

Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

Tornadoes and Mobile Homes

Do NOT remain in a mobile home during a tornado. Leave and see safer shelter.  Please, no arguing here.

Tornado Survival Checklist If You Are Outdoors

Seek safety in a basement, shelter or inside a nearby sturdy building.

If there is no shelter nearby, see if you can drive to a shelter. If you get caught as you are driving, pull over and park, but don’t turn off the ignition and keep the seat belt buckled.

You want the car to be running so that the airbags can still deploy and offer some protection.  Make sure to keep your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands and a blanket.

If you are in an open field, get as close to the ground as possible and cover your head.  Stay away from overpasses and bridges. Do NOT try to out run the storm.

What To Do After The Storm

1. Grab your first aid kit, and deal with any injuries.

2. Shut off utilities. Damage to pipes or switches could cause a fire or explosion. Do NOT use lighters or matches in case of a gas leak. Instead grab a flashlight from your 72 Kit.

3. Inspect your home for damage. If you find structural damage, leave and seek shelter, bringing your 72 Hour Kits with you.

PRO TIP: It’s not unusual for municipal water to become contaminated after a natural disaster.  Learn how to Survive A Boil Notice .

Prepared.  Not Scared.

You don’t have to be blown away when tornadoes strike.  A bit of pre-planning will keep your loved ones safe.

How To Survive A Boil Notice

A boil notice is issued when a municipal water provider detects dangerous pathogens and microorganisms in the water that can make us sick.  Other reasons for a boil notice include lead in the water, water main breaks, power outages and flooding.    Your need to be able to survive a boil notice often comes in the aftermath of hurricanes, like in Puerto Rico.

WHAT Is A Boil Notice and How Can You Survive It_

How To  Survive A Boil Notice

Surviving a boil notice takes preparation.  First, you’ll need to know exactly what you can and can’t do with your tap water.  Some boil notices will state that tap water is not to be used for drinking, ice cubes or cooking, but can still be used to do laundry in.

But, you know the s has really htf  when the water restrictions say the water can’t be used in any form or fashion.  This is what Puerto Rico has been dealing with for almost a year now.

BTW, we are less than 3 months away from the start of the next hurricane season.  Are you prepared?

All The Ways We Use Water

Brushing Teeth
Washing Dishes
Mixing Baby Formula
Washing Fruits and Veggies
Mixing Medications

And most important……..DRINKING!

Take a minute and think of all the ways your family uses water in a 24 hour period.  That is going to be the amount of water you would need to boil to keep up the status quo.  Yikes!

How To Boil Water For A Boil Notice

According to the CDC, to make water safe to drink,  you should fill a large pot with water and bring it to an actual boil for at least one minute; and then allow the water to cool and place in a clean container.

If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it by using 1/8 teaspoon of NON-scented bleach per one gallon of water. Mix it well and wait at least 30 minutes before drinking it. Make sure your containers are clean by sanitizing them with bleach as well. Rinse containers thoroughly before storing water.

When my family lived in Turkey, we often had to rely on using non-scented bleach to disinfect our water.  No doubt about it, this water is going to have a funky taste.  Consider having powdered Kool-Aid or something to help cover that taste.

You will also need to use BOILED or disinfected water in your coffee pot.  Even though that coffee pot heats the water up, it doesn’t boil it safe. 

Pro Tip:  When trying to survive a boil water notice, water filters will NOT be enough to purify your tap water.  You’ll need to either rely on stored water, boil the water, or disinfect it with bleach.

Cutting Down On Daily Water Needs

Let’s face it.  Trying to boil the amount of water you typically go through on a daily basis will be impossible.  You will need to be prepared with items to help cut down on the amount of water you’ll need.

1. Stock up on no-rinse bathing wipes.  These wipes clean well with just a bit of water, but you don’t need to rinse afterwards.  We use these often when my son is in the hospital.

Even if the boil alert says it’s okay to bathe in your tap water, I wouldn’t suggest it if you have any open wounds, or are immuno-compromised.

2. Have a can or two of dry shampoo on hand.

3. Stock disposable plates, napkins, and utensils.

4. Fill empty bottles of laundry detergent with water and mark them as ‘cleaning water’ and store them with your other water supplies.

5. Have hand sanitizer available.

6. Cleaning wipes will come in handy!

PRO TIP:  Use tape to wrap around facets  and handles to disable them.  Put BIG signs reminding people NOT to use tap water.   People are so used to using water from the tap, that it is simply second nature to reach for the faucet.

Survive  A Boil Notice By Storing Water

Do you know how to figure out how much water per family member to store?  Our post on Calculating Drinking Water has done the math for you!

Next, you’ll want to know how to fill soda bottles and larger containers with safe drinking water for storage.   We’ll walk you through it in our Emergency Drinking Water and Storage post.

Think A Boil Notice Can’t Happen To You?

Emergency water boil notices are issued hundreds of times a week all though out the country. Sometimes they only last a day or two. Often they last longer. For Preppers water storage must be a priority in order for your family to survive a boil notice.

Has your family ever lived someplace where the tap water was not safe to drink?  How did you provide clean drinking water for your family?

Benefits of Medical Grade Honey for Preppers

Honey has been used in wound care for centuries, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.  Today, people  swarm to Medical Grade Honey for it’s healing properties.

What Is Medical Grade Honey?

Made from New Zealand’s Manuka honey (Leptospermum species), *this post contains affiliate links MediHoney contains  Methylglyoxal, a unique ingredient that provides it’s strong antibiotic benefits.

Interestingly,  pH content of Medical Honey is  more acidic than any other honey, which means much faster wound healing.

 Medical Grade Honey for Emergency Preparedness

Proof.  I Want Proof Medical Honey Works

There are over 234 pieces of evidence to MediHoney’s ability not only to heal wounds, but to heal them faster.  (source)

Medical Honey and Emergency Preparedness

MediaHoney is the perfect addition to medical kits to use when with diabetic ulcers, open wounds, scrapes and burns.  Toss a tube of it into your 72 Hour Kits and Emergency Kits too.

Interested in learning how Activate Charcoal can get your through a tough stomach virus?  We’ve done all the research for you.

How To Use MediHoney

Use MediHoney in paste or gel form like any other wound cream.  Derma Sciences also offers dressings for shallow wounds.

G-Tubes and Excema

One way I use Medical Honey is around my son’s g-tube site.  This miracle honey helps with skin breakdown as well as protecting against inflammation.

Then we have my son’s Remicade treatments causing eczema flares, and this stuff works wonders on eczema.   No kidding.

So.  Medical Grade Honey Is Expensive.

There’s no doubt that Medical Grade Honey comes with a bit of a price tag. While it’s worth the price, I understand the word ‘budget’, too.  Boy do I ever.  So much so that I wrote about how I make my own version of medical grade honey in my post about my DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

What is one thing that you refuse to go without, despite the cost?

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Viruses And More

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.  It works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. The porous surface of this charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it.

While I have used activated charcoal in my family, I’m NOT a doctor.  Always consult YOUR doctor before trying anything new.

Obliterate Stomach Bugs And MORE using Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Bugs

As soon as signs of a stomach bug show up or someone near you gets it, take *this post contains affiliate links 2 capsules with a full glass of water as often as every 2 hours, up to 16 capsules in a 24 hour period.  (see specific directions on the package you purchase)

When using activated charcoal internally, it is crucial to make sure to stay extra hydrated.  You’ll need the extra water for the charcoal to flush out the toxins, and to avoid constipation.

Activated charcoal comes in both bags and capsules.  Because I have a great worry of a bag of charcoal somehow finding it’s way all over my house, I choose the capsules.

Pro Tip:  Be aware that if you are on medications,  the activated charcoal can intercept the medication. Consult your doctor!  Also,  activated charcoal will bind to your supplements.



While kids 4 and up can use 1 capsule of  charcoal in a cup of purple grape juice to help prevent stomach viruses from taking their toll, always consult your doctor FIRST.

Stomach Flu Remedy Using Activated Charcoal

 Overdose Or Poisoning

First, call poison control, the local emergency room, or doctor’s office and follow their directions.  But if you are in a situation where you can’t make that call the dosage for acute poisoning is as follows

 Gas And Bloating

Activated charcoal works to bind the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.  Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow your meal with another glass of  of water immediately to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.

Relieve Bites And Bee Stings

Being  such a great all-around detoxifier, applying a paste of activated charcoal and a bit of water and a drop of both Lavender and Copaiba essential oils to a bug bite or bee sting may offer relief. Reapply as needed.  Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils.

Pro tip:  Looking for another way to reap the benefits of activated charcoal?  Check our SUPER EASY DIY soap recipes for Lavender Charcoal soap!

How does your family fight off stomach viruses?

**  I am NOT a doctor, NOR do I play one on the internet.  I am simply sharing what has worked for my family.  YOU need to check with your doctor about using activated charcoal before giving it to your family.