Show Notes: Tornado Preparedness and Just the Herbal Tip… Comfrey
Before the Storm
Ready.gov Tornado Preparedness Guide – how_to_prepare_tornado_033014_508
Ready.gov ICC 500 Building Plans – The-Latest-in-ICC500-Storm-Shelter-and-FEMA-Safe-Room-Requirements
Identify Pertinent Utility Shut offs
- Main Water to your home
- Main Natural Gas/Propane
- Breaker Box Main Electricity
Have a conversation with all family members prior to a storm to develop a plan Including
- Where to go if at home
- Where to go if away
Back Flow Preventer for Sewage
- Change in Barometric Pressure does crazy things to Septic/Sewage
- Prolonged Power Outage can shut down sewage treatment plants
- Prolonged Power Outage can shut down pumps at water treatment plants
Black Out Kit In Water proof/rodent proof containers (Two is One and One is None)
- Flash Lights
- Batteries (Disposable)
- NOAA Weather Radio (Battery Powered or Hand Crank)
- Glow Sticks
- Extra Lighters and Matches
- Canned Goods (Things your family like) Canned Tuna, beef stew, veggies, fruit snacks
- Manual Can Opener
- Coleman Camp Stove
- Small Propane Canisters
- Fire Extinguisher
Anti Fog Goggles
Coleman Single Burner Camp Stove
Coleman Propane Canister 4 Packs
Important Documentation (Paper copies and digital copies)
- All health insurance policy numbers and contact phone numbers
- Emergency contact lists with name, address and phone numbers (people that you need to notify that you are safe)
- List of Insurance providers with policy numbers and contact numbers
- Phone numbers for Gas and Power Company with pertinent account numbers
- List of prescriptions, OTC medicines and medical conditions for each family member
Tornado Preparedness Kit (Two is One and One is None)
- N-95 Respirator Masks (Home Improvement Store or Amazon $13.14 for a 10 Pack
- Anti Fog Goggles $16.12 each
- Thick Soled Boots/Shoes (If you have some just store them in your Tornado Shelter Location
- Rain Jackets (Store in your Tornado Shelter)
- Back up Water
- OTC Meds (We will do a medical prep show in the near future)
- Back up prescription meds if possible
Preparedness 101: In addition to your black out kit and Tornado Preparedness Kit. As always have back up food storage, water storage and emergency medical storage in multiple locations.
Basement/storm shelter or root cellar… Pantry or closet (especially in the center of the house around load bearing walls with no windows)
BEST PROTECTION The best protection in all tornadoes is provided by a structure built to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safe room or the International Code Council (ICC) 500 storm shelter standards. These structures provide near-absolute protection.
MODERATE PROTECTION In a sturdy building, a small, interior, windowless room, such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level of the building provides moderate protection. A floor below ground is best. In these locations, use additional personal cover. Use what is available to cover yourself, such as a coat or blanket, and cover your head and neck with your arms. To make sure you know the safest location in a building, called the Best Available Refuge Area, get an evaluation by a qualified architect or structural engineer. This is the most commonly available protective action for tornadoes.
MINIMAL/INADEQUATE PROTECTION Some locations do not provide protection from tornadoes, including: manufactured (mobile) homes/offices, the open space of open-plan buildings (e.g., malls, big retail stores, and gymnasiums), vehicles, and the outdoors.
Fresh Comfrey Poultice
Crush leaves and roots (1 teaspoon) and mix (1 teaspoon) of honey with a fork in a small bowl.
Makes one treatment.
Wash and dry injured area and use a gauze pad to apply the poultice, leave the gauze in place and secure with first aid tape.
Remove after an hour and gently rinse the area with fresh, cool water to remove the plant matter… Repeat two or three times a day as needed.
Has the ability to alleviate pain and inflammation… Traditionally used to speed up the healing process. Can also be used as an insect bites, burns and rashes
F0: Less than 73 MPH Winds – Light Damage: Some damage to chimneys, fallen limbs, uprooted shallow root trees
F1: 73 – 112 MPH Winds – Moderate Damage: Peels roofs from house, Pushes mobile homes from foundations or overturned, Moving autos blown off the road
F2: 113 – 157 MPH Winds – Considerable Damage: Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars overturned; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles generated; cars lifted off ground.
F3: 158 – 206 MPH Winds – Severe damage. Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
F4: 207 – 260 MPH Winds – Devastating damage. Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown away some distance; cars thrown and large missiles generated.
F5: 261 – 318 MPH Winds – Incredible damage. Strong frame houses leveled off foundations and swept away; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters (109 yds); trees debarked; incredible phenomena will occur.
- Make a Family Prep Plan and act it out (roll play) and for even more visualization draw it out.
– know the safe place in your home and practice outside
– if you live in a trailer or mobile home have a safe place to flee too and practice your prep plan (find the nearest floor of a sturdy nearby building or storm shelter)
– show and look for the danger signs
-dark, greenish sky
-large hail (frozen rain
-large, dark, low lying clouds
-loud roar (like a freight train)
-find a ditch or an area lower than the ground and lie flat while covering head and neck with hands and arms
–worst case scenario while in a car
-grab a blanket out of your car emergency kit, a jacket or anything that can protect you from debrey
-buckle up, put your head below the windows and cover your head with hands and cover yourself
– by practicing monthly you can help maintain some calm during a tornado
- During the storm and keeping calm
– keep a flashlight on (this can help alleviate fear while the lights are out)
– for babies and toddlers have an extra pacifier, toy or blanket to wrap around them to keep them warm and more comfortable in a frightening situation
– keep an extra baby sling or carrier to insure you are hands free to cover your head and shield your littles to the best of your ability (this will also prove useful afterwards
– make sure you have formula and bottled water in your disaster kit
– remain calm yourself–keep an outward strength while admitting you are scared
– if you have a phone you are getting information from don’t attempt to play video if possible, read the alerts as they come in and give information in an age appropriate manner
– reassure them and talk to them to make them feel more comfortable
- After the storm (include some of these things in your Prep Plan)
*there may be trees down, flooding, shattered windows– even houses destroyed
– *make sure they know not to touch downed or hanging power lines
– find a safe place for you and your kids if your house was affected badly (find local places–churches or community buildings)
– limit media exposure (seeing images can cause anxieties)
– if there is widespread disaster in your community and your kids are old enough to help, get them involved in the recovery process–there are many safe things they can do to help and it will give them a sense of accomplishment, pride and unity with their family members
– encourage conversation about the experience and answer questions
– in case of extra anxiety, find them help to work through their fears
- Build a Kit
– at least 3 day supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container
– 3 day supply of water
– medicines and medical records
– important documents (vaccination, registration or adoption papers)
– first aid kit (Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
– collar or harness with ID tags, rabies tag and leash
– pet carrier
– sanitary products (litter box, paper towels, trash bags and bleach
– familiar items to reduce stress
– if case of separation stick a picture of you and your animal in the kit
- Microchip your animal in case of separation
- While acting it out at home include your pet in the role playing and allow your kids to guide them to the safe zone
- Make sure your animal is up to date on its shots
- In case you are not home during a storm create a buddy system with a neighbor to check on your animal once the storm has passed
- If you cannot return to your home find a relative that can take them in or a kennel nearby until you can return
*For more information on Kid and Pet Prep go to Ready.Gov