Tornado Survival: Keeping The Kids Happy (And Safe) During a Tornado Emergency

Tornado emergency situations are terrible for everyone, but whilst some adults might find the opportunity to sit in the cellar wrapped in a blanket and catching up on the latest Stephen King novel (if they dare) quite appealing and a refreshing change from office life, then just think about how difficult it could be to keep the kids not only safe, but also entertained. After all, a happy child is a happy parent… Don’t you agree?


Tornado Survival Guide (With Children)

Tornado emergency situations are fraught with danger, and can be extremely boring if you’re waiting around for the storm to pass. Let’s start with some supplies which you really need to have handy in order to keep everybody healthy and safe!


Basic Hygiene Items

Toiletry Kits: for every member of the family

Hand Sanitizer or Disinfectant: protect yourself from potential diseases in flood water

Gloves: yep, keep your hands covered for extra protection

Soap: either a bar or liquid, it really doesn’t matter, but soap is the best bacterial killer around

Baby/Hand Wipes: just to be on the safe side

Towels: both cloth and paper

Diapers: if necessary


Entertainment Items

And what about keeping the little darlings entertained. Here are a few ideas of things to pack, and things to do:

  • Paper, crayons, coloring books
  • Reading books
  • Puzzle books
  • Chores and responsibilities, maybe sorting through picture albums, being in charge of some supplies
  • Games: board games, mind games, memory games, learning the names of states, presidents, capitols, learning a little math recall, etc.
  • Favorite cuddly toys and sleeping companions, blankets, etc.
  • Pacifiers (only probably for the under 3’s)


Of course, we all need our very own survival kits to come out sane and well at the other end of a tornado emergency. Perhaps there are a few things which I haven’t mentioned. Use your imagination…

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.