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Living in Oklahoma can be exciting. Well exciting depending on how you look at it.
Let’s just say the weather in Oklahoma keeps us all guessing.
With Springtime quickly approaching that means one thing for us Oklahomans. Tornado season.
Thunderstorms. Tornadoes. The works.
The crazy thunderstorm weather almost seems like it can happen any time of the year but it typically starts in March and goes well into Summertime.
I remember sitting in a closet last August feeding Sophie because we were under a tornado warning.
Since I have two children this year to stress over keeping safe and since the bad weather can pretty much start anytime now I decided this weekend to get my “Emergency Bag” packed.
What is an Emergency Bag? What do I pack in mine?
So really I call my emergency bag a tornado bag. Since most of our emergencies consist of tornadoes.
A tornado bag is full of various items that you take with you to your safe place in the event of a tornado.
My mom was actually the one who first got me started on packing a tornado bag and the contents of my bag has changed over the years.
I know some of you are probably thinking I am crazy. Like seriously how can you be thinking about stuff in the event of an emergency.
Well typically with tornadoes (thanks to better technology) we know in advance when bad weather is fixing to hit.
If any emergency event were to happen unexpectedly you can bet I won’t be concerned about that bag.
But if I am well prepared and have taken the necessary precautions and am in my “safe place” in plenty of time, I will have my bag with me.
This bag could also go in your car in the event of a house fire or if you were to get stranded on the side of the road.
I like being prepared for the unknown. Especially with two little ones.
My hope with this post is that getting prepared in the case of an emergency will give you peace of mind.
So what did I pack in my emergency bag?
- Large duffel bag
- Hand towel
- First aid kit
- Roll of toilet paper
- Bottled water
- Phone Charger
- Rain ponchos *not pictured
- Pants for each child
- Shirts for each child
- Socks for each child
- Shoes for each child
- Underwear for each child
- Jackets for each member of family
I did not include a complete change of clothes for me and my husband. Making sure the kids are comfortable is more important to me and it takes up less space in the bag.
Baby and Kid Items
- Stuffies for each child
- Formula and bottles
I wanted to include a stuffy for each that way they would have something familiar.
- Baby books
- Baby blankets
- Pictures on an external hard drive
- Wedding ring
- Keepsakes from grandparents
This is up to you whether or not you include these items.
The pictures are super important to me and I update this hard drive frequently. I actually have all my wedding pictures, kids pictures and even some pictures from high school on there.
These are things I could fit into the bag. I am a super sentimental person and would have loved to included more but this is what I could fit.
Here is the bag all packed. I couldn’t fit the adult jackets in there so I put them on top. I will keep this bag in our closet by the door.
The three of us that wear shoes all have a pair of boots by the back door as well. That way in case of serious rain we can just slip those on without having to rush around looking for them.
This is not the first aid kit pictured but I did order this one to have as an extra. I like to put one in the car or pack when we got on trips.
And this is not the external hard drive I have but my husband said this is about the price they run. I really don’t know much about them I just know I have a TON of pictures on mine and have yet to run out of room.
I have heard of people’s computers crashing and them losing all of their pictures and I would literally go into a state of depression if that happened to me so I’m glad I have one of these things.
Here is a link to the NOAA’s National Weather Service: Storm Prediction Center on Tornado Safety.
If you would like to download a free printable list of all the emergency bag items I have created one right here.
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