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Getting "Ready" - 04/28/14

Moving to Nashville has been a great thing for our family. We love this city.

As a newcomer - like some of you - I'm now thinking about things I haven't ever had to think about. I've lived on the coast and survived hurricanes. I've lived in the desert and survived monsoons and haboobs. I've never had to get ready for the possibility of a tornado.

Getting "ready" now has a little different meeting.

We've tried to find the best "safe place" for our family. Honestly, it scares me a little just to think about it but we decided on a small closet on the first floor. It's really small but the four of us and two Chihuahuas can squeeze in. It's the only interior space we have. Water, flashlight, weather radio and snacks are there. In thinking a little more this morning, I'm going to put their bike helmets and a couple of blankets in there, too. We'll take our cell phones which have important apps on them. Please get an app that lets you live-stream a news station and an app that gives you real-time radar updates. Our WZTV apps are great - but I don't want this to be a plug. In all honesty, you need to have something on your smartphone that will actually be smart for you and help protect you. If you lose power, it can be reassuring to know that your phone can help guide you through the storm.

Unlike hurricanes and monsoons, tornadoes are unpredictable. Please take a few minutes today to make sure you have a plan to protect yourself and your family. We're still working on our "meet up" plan which I need to explain to my 4 and 5 year old children, but we will do it.

Be safe and here are a few links that might help you get "Ready"

http://fox17.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/tornado-safety-tips-skywatch-team-21021.shtml

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340128_Flood.pdf

http://www.redcross.org/news/event/Emergency-Supplies-Now-Available-at-Red-Cross-Store

 

 

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