Surviving A Tornado… But For How Long?

How long should you be prepared to survive after a tornado? There are actually some very interesting statistics on just how long these hurricane disasters last for. Take a look at this:

  • Planned tornado survival for 14 days would have successfully seen you through 96% of all known disaster emergency situations.
  • Planned tornado survival for 7 days would have successfully seen you through around 50% of all known disaster emergency situations.

Some homes were left without power for 22 days in the Florida hurricanes of 2004, although access was available for residents to travel to nearby towns much sooner than that.

Consider purchasing the following items to help you survive in the days after a tornado:


Coghlan's Emergency Camp Stove


  • Compact and lightweight emergency camping stove.
  • No liquids, priming, or wick required.
  • Includes 24 fuel tablets.
  • Uses any solid fuel such as Hexamine, Trioxane, or Sterno.
  • Essential gear for camping, backpacking, backcountry treks, and more.
Emergency Food

Augason Farms 30-Day 1-Person Emergency Food Supply


  • QSS-certified food supply.
  • Provides an average of 1,854 calories per day and 46g protein per day with 307 servings.
  • Comes in an 8.5-gallon watertight pail that is easy to transport.
  • Easy to prepare and ready in minutes.
  • Has a shelf life of up to 25 years.

Mebotem Manual Can Opener


  • Blades made of strong high hardness alloy high-carbon stainless steel for durability and long-lasting use.
  • Ergonomic handles provide a comfortable and secure grip, making it easy to open cans with light pressure.
  • Oversized knob turns easily and can be used as a bottle/tin/beer opener.


How Long Should You Prepare For?

A 14-day survival plan should be what you’re aiming for. This would have been able to sustain you and your family during 96% of all previous disaster situations, especially if you live in an area which is susceptible to being physically cut off from the rest of the country for sustained periods of time (coastal areas, areas below sea level, seismic areas, low lying island areas, flood plains, areas which have single access points).