Tornado Preparedness: Prepare for a Tornado Before Arrival

Tornadoes destroy property and communities, as well as family homes and even lives. Although there’s no way to stop a tornado, there are ways in which to prepare your property before the tornado arrives which can help with a bit of damage mitigation. That’s about all we can do — limit the damage done — but it can be very effective just the same.

Consider purchasing the following items to prepare for a tornado before arrival:

Adhesive & Repairs

T-REX Ferociously Strong Duct Tape


This tape is made with UV resistant materials that block harsh UV rays from weakening the tape adhesive, and can be used both indoors and outdoors on various surfaces such as brick, concrete, shingles, painted and non-painted wood, and vinyl siding.


Frost King P1025/6W Polyethylene Sheeting


The packaged plastic sheet has a wide range of uses in and around the home, garden, and garage. It can be used to cover and protect furniture, appliances, and equipment from dust, dirt, and moisture.

Tool Kit

Yougfin Tool Set, 38-Piece General Household Basic Hand Tools Kit


The Yougfin 38-piece tool set is forged from high hardness steel, providing excellent sturdiness and durability. Coated with a chrome plated finish, it improves glossiness and corrosion resistance, meeting or exceeding ANSI critical standards.


Preparing For a Tornado: Damage Mitigation

Unlike hurricanes, people often don’t have a ton of time to prepare for an imminent tornado touching down near them. However, there are still some steps you can take to protect your property if you have the time.

Secure the Windows

One of the major areas of damage in a hurricane storm is the windows. Permanent storm shutters tend to provide the best protection for your windows; normal blinds or shutters won’t do the trick.

If you don’t have permanent storm shutters fitted, you can DIY instead (a sheet of 5/8″ marine plywood to board up your windows might not look pretty, but it can still be quite effective. Have it cut and ready to install when you hear the tornado sirens.

Secure the Roof

Tornadoes can also wreak havoc to the roof of your property. Install additional clips or straps to ensure that the frame structure is securely fastened to the roof. This will reduce the chances of roof damage to your property.

Secure Your Trees

Tornadoes are also pretty handy at uprooting trees and shrubs before hurling them towards a property. Make sure that all of the shrubs and trees around your home are well-trimmed and as safe as possible.

Prepare the Gutters

Tornado-producing storms can bring lots of rain with them. Make sure that your drains, downspouts and gutters are unblocked and ready for action.

Tornadoes are mighty and scary so make sure that your family and your property are prepared to give you a chance to survive the next tornado emergency.

Safety Item

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

The Lifestraw Water Filter is highly effective in removing harmful bacteria and parasites from water. Its microfiltration membrane eliminates 99.99% of waterborne bacteria, such as E. Coli and Salmonella, as well as 99.99% of waterborne parasites like Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

Safety Item

Raynic 5000 Weather Radio

This weather radio is equipped with 5 different power sources, making it the ideal choice during prolonged power outages. The hand crank, solar panel, and AC power options make it easy to keep the radio running.

Recharge Electronics

Feeke Solar Charger Power Bank

This power bank has a large cell capacity of 36800mAh, which is made possible by the use of industry-leading high-density lithium polymer cells. It is compact and has a high-quality, high-density battery that can support thousands of charge cycles.



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