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Tornado Warning in an RV!

April 27, 2015

4:45am: Tornado Warning!
photo 2(76)Hanging out with my pets in the Ladies Shower House with other RVers & pets after a cell phone alert that Polk County (Texas) was in a Tornado Warning.

Luckily, no tornado.

That’s when I realized that – since I’m now a full-time RVer, and will have to leave my home (RV) to seek proper shelter – I need a better plan!

After the storm had passed, and I was back home in my RV, I sat down to create this list of important items for a “Tornado Grab Bag”:
► Flashlight (the lights went out right after this photo was taken)
► NOAA Weather Radio
► HAM Radio
► Cell phone, already charged!
► Wallet (ID, debit card, cash)
► A small blanket/hand towel on which to sit
► Collapsible dog water bowl
► Small bottled water
► Leash always by the door
► Something to fan myself… it was very muggy & hot in there.

My Full Disaster Kit includes other items, but I didn’t lug it to the storm shelter with me.
This info includes specific items for dog, cat, bird, horse, and reptiles.

I also have a “Bug Out Bag” but it contains different items that what I need for a “Tornado Grab Bag.”

As a side note, I’ve stayed at this RV Park before, so I knew where to go. Unfortunately, many of the pet owners I talked to this morning (who were not in the storm shelter) either (1) didn’t know where to go, or (2) didn’t think they could bring their pets. So if you’re camping, staying in an RV, or even staying in a hotel located in a tornado-prone area, it’s a good idea to ask at check-in, “Where can I go with my pet(s) if there is severe weather?”

This ended up being a good “drill.”

‪#‎BePrepared #LessonLearned

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