Tornado Guide

What does it mean to get ready for a tornado?

Summer 2020

Tornado Alley, Dixie Alley, Hoosier Alley, Caroline Alley: there is really no clear definition of tornado alley, but you can use the harbor app to know if you are at risk of a tornado's influence by entering your zip code.

A tornado is a beautiful, powerful, and dangerous natural phenomenon. The top ways to prepare include having an accessible storm shelter, having tornado tracking and notifications setup, and having personal protection equipment.

If you are on the road and you see a tornado, do not park under an overpass. Additionally, if you live in a mobile home you are at very high risk. By making plans for safe locations ahead of time, and purchasing some key items, you will be in a much better place if you do encounter a tornado. 

The most safe place to be during a tornado is in a tornado shelter. You can build one or find one. Check out the map below for examples, and if you can't find one near you try contacting your local Emergency Management Office for a list.  

Personal protective equipment.

One of the main causes of loss of life during a tornado is laceration to the head or body. A motorcycle helmet is one of the top protective items you can use.

Another item we recommend is a heavy duty moving blanket. This is especially smart to keep in your car, or even at home. If a tornado is nearby, get to the safest place you can, wrap the blanket around you and put on a helmet. You can even use a football helmet or a hard hat - just know that the more protective covering, the better.

Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket
Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket
Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket
Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket
Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket

Heavy Weight Quilted Blanket

$24.95
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision
Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision

Neiko Protective Anti-Fog Safety Goggles with Wide-Vision

$7.99
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT
Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT

Motorcycle Street Bike Helmet DOT

$59.99

Communication.

NOAA alerts are the top resource for tornado-related notifications. You can download their app, and we recommend having a battery or solar operated NOAA radio at home too. Check out the harbor app for more recommendations on tornado tracking and preparation.

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.98
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios

Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios

$34.99
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS

goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS

$179.00

Ready to Go Bags.

Be sure to have a Go Bag. A Go Bag is typically to prepare you for evacuation over a 72 hour period. With a tornado, it could be longer. Be sure to add personal items like a change of clothes, medications, a local map, and important documents.

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

$114.99
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)

$149.99
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit

24Seven - Complete Kit

$349.00

Shelter at home.

Experts recommend being ready to shelter at home for up to two weeks. That means having enough water, food, and other basics in case supply chain lines remain disrupted. Enjoy peace of mind by being prepared.

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.98
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

$34.95
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

$16.80
Aquamira Water Treatment
Aquamira Water Treatment

Aquamira Water Treatment

$14.95
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

$79.99
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

$249.00