So, at the risk of repetition, let me remind everyone of the steps they should take to prepare themselves:
- Make sure you have some extra money in your wallet. ATMs and credit cards are useless in a widespread power outage.
- You need to be planning now for your children, elderly relatives and the infirm as to what to do if a tornado warning is issued. If you have a unique situation (a relative that can't go down the basement stairs to shelter), go pick them up when the watch is issued. Don't wait for a warning.
- If your children are in a district (like Wichita's, for example) where every school has a safe room for the entire student body and you live in a mobile home (for example) don't be in a hurry to pick them up at school. Safety (a safe room) should trump emotion (you want to have them with you in a crisis).
- The above said, every school district seems to have a different policy about keeping children (rather than dismissing) if storms are in the area. If you are not certain as to the policy, find out now rather than waiting until a possible crisis tomorrow.
- Make sure your cell phone, computer and flashlight are charged and/or have fresh batteries.
I'll have updates as needed!