Four Steps to Tornado Preparedness

Four Steps to Tornado Preparedness

Tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Every state has some risk of this hazard. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Moffett Road Ace Hardware

Emergency Supplies Available At Moffett Road Ace Hardware

Emergency Supplies Available At Moffett Road Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware at 7380 Moffett Road in Semmes has practically every item on the 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday sales “covered items” list so you can probably pick up most of your items there. Carter Johnston, the manager, guided me around the store while I looked for items on the emergency preparedness list. Here’s what I found:

Batteries
Flashlights
Tarpaulins
Plastic Sheeting
Drop Cloths
Ground anchor systems
Bungee Cords
Rope
Tie-down kits
Duct Tape
Plywood
Non-electric food storage coolers and water storage containers
Fire Extinguisers
Smoke detectors
Gas & diesel fuel tanks

That’s easily 75% of the items on the list. Ace probably has more but I just did not look. I did take note of the fact that Ace has propane tanks, new and exchanges, and lots of stuff not on the sales tax holiday list but which you probably need anyway – tools, hardware and such.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

Emergency Preparedness Tips

Emergency Preparedness Tips
 
Prepare Your Semmes AL Home For A Power Outage

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family’s emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report. A 2014 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Briggs & Stratton found almost one in four U.S. adults had endured a power outage lasting 12 hours or more in the last two years. That experience motivated two-thirds of respondents to be more prepared for future incidents, according to the survey. “The high percentage of respondents who took action to better prepare their families and homes for future emergency situations really underscores the level of frustration a power outage can cause families who aren’t properly prepared,” said Amanda Grandy, with Briggs & Stratton. Your Preparedness Checklist: Planning Ahead
When you have advance warning of a potential loss of power, which is often caused by a strong weather system, there are many steps families can take to minimize the stress it can cause.