If you’re like most people, you know that Michigan’s tornado season is right around the corner. Typically, tornado season in Michigan is from April to July, and though some years we see many more tornadoes than we do in other years, there’s no way to predict how many will hit. Remember, too, that tornadoes can happen at any time of year (even in winter). That means you need to have a tornado kit ready to go in the event of an emergency. But what should you put in a tornado kit? This guide explains. 

What to Put in a Tornado Kit

Your tornado kit should contain, at minimum:

  • Enough drinking water for 3 days
  • Enough food for 3 days
  • Breathing protection, such as dust masks with particulate filters or N-95 masks
  • A first-aid kit
  • Some type of shelter, such as a small tent
  • Emergency blankets
  • A battery-powered or crank radio
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Emergency ponchos
  • A roll of plastic sheeting and a roll of duct tape to protect your belongings from water if necessary
  • A multi-tool that includes knives, screwdrivers and pliers
  • Glow sticks
  • Water purification tablets
  • Biohazard bags

A good tornado kit is compact enough to grab on your way out the door or to bring into your shelter area with you. The bag itself should be rugged and durable enough to withstand rough treatment, too. Find a bag that’s lightweight and easy to carry; it’s a good idea to find one with padded shoulder straps so you can take it anywhere you go.

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