Preparing for Tornadoes

by Katelyn Yarnell

Growing up in the Midwest, it is known that spring brings warm temperatures, beautiful flowers, barbecues, and unfortunately, tornadoes. When I was a little kid, tornadoes were one of my biggest fears. My parents always did a great job preparing for bad weather with not only the essentials, but with activities to distract my siblings and me when we were under a tornado warning. Make sure your family is prepared this spring by checking out the emergency kit checklist below from the stormaware.mo.gov website:

  • storm cloudsEnsure you have plenty of food and water for your family in case a tornado strikes. It is recommended that there is one gallon of water for each person every day for up to three days. Be sure to pack nonperishable food items such as tuna and crackers.
  • Remember to include a battery-powered radio for weather updates in your area in case of a power outage.
  • Do not forget the flashlights and extra batteries!
  • If anyone in your household takes prescription medications, be sure to include the medicine in case you are unable to leave the house for a few days.
  • First-aid kits are essential to any emergency kit. Do not forget to periodically check your first-aid kit to see if you are running low on Band-Aid’s, gauze, ointment, etc. and replenish as necessary.
  • Last, but not least, activities for the kids! My parents always kept board games, coloring books, and books to read in a box. This took my mind off the bad weather that was going on, and kept me calm through the storm.

Have a question about your insurance coverage if a storm does hit?  Contact me or another member of our Overland Park team and we’d be happy to help explain your home insurance coverages.


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KU Jayhawks Fan, Proud Aunt and Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3844
kyarnell@maxinsurance.com

Katelyn started working at MAX in July of 2016 and is an agent for personal lines. Outside of MAX, Katelyn loves spending time with her 5 nieces and 1 nephew, and rooting on the Jayhawks. She also enjoys volunteering for the Stop Hunger Now campaign at her church.

Photo by Matt Glaman