Planning ahead can reduce stress when events cause us to lose basic necessities for a period of time. The linked articles below provide specific suggestions. You may also wish to consult these websites:

Phone Service During Power Outage

Being able to communicate by phone takes on new importance during a power outage, when schedules are adjusted or family members need to get in touch with one another. Following are a few recommendations from Amberley’s Department of Public Safety:

  • Add your cell phone to Amberley’s Community Safe alert system so that if your home phone is down you’ll stay up to date.
  • Keeping cell phones charged can be challenging when the power is out. Two options are to purchase a charger cord that can be used in your car or a portable cell phone charger that plugs directly into the phone.

Supply Kit

Preparing a supply kit ensures that you will have basic items on hand. Pack them in a duffel bag and store in a designated place, perhaps near your storm shelter. You kit should include:

  • Food and Water
  • One gallon of water per household member per day for at least three days. Store in tightly sealed plastic containers and change every six months.
  • Non-perishable food to last each person for at least three days. Include a manual can opener or choose self-opening containers, and replace every six months.


  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic ware
  • Basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant
  • Change of clothing for each person, including sturdy shoes and work gloves
  • Blankets or sleeping bag for each person

Personal items

  • Identification
  • Copies of birth and marriage certificates, inventory of household goods, bank account numbers, important documents
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Medications

Tornado Safety

Tornadoes are severe rotating storms with winds that can exceed 300 miles per hour.  About 1,000 touch in the U.S. each year.   Though only a small number actually strike occupied buildings, people can be killed or injured, usually from flying objects or collapsed buildings.  You can greatly reduce your chance of injury by taking a few precautions and staying alert to weather conditions.

Plan Ahead

  • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars, away from the west or south walls, are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
  • PRACTICE getting to the shelter area and make sure all family members are aware of its location and when they should use it.
  • Store old blankets nearby to use as protection against flying debris in the event of a tornado

During a Tornado Watch

  • Listen to radio or TV for updates
  • Be ready to take shelter.
  • Pay attention to tornado danger signs in the weather – dark, greenish sky, large hail and a loud roaring sound
  • Avoid large, flat buildings with wide open areas, like shopping centers.

When a Tornado Warning Is Issued

  • Head for your shelter area or if not at home, to a central, windowless area on the lowest floor of a nearby building
  • Leave vehicles and mobile homes at once
  • If caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head
  • Do not get under bridges or overpasses

After a Tornado

  • Watch out for falling debris and downed electrical lines
  • Make sure a building is structurally safe before entering

Know the Difference

Tornado Watch:  Conditions are such that a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning:  A tornado has been spotted or is strongly indicated on radar, and it’s time to go to safe shelter.